Islip Celebrates Reading at Annual Book Fair


The district launched its seventh annual summer reading initiative on May 27 at the Barnes & Noble Book Fair in Bay Shore, replete with music, reading and crafts.

Organized by Lisa Ward, the high school’s assistant principal, and Ellen Semel, the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, the Book Fair’s main purpose is to celebrate reading. Summer reading book lists were available for everyone along with copies of books for perusal. A portion of the Book Fair’s proceeds was donated to the district.

During the extensive event, elementary principals – including Commack Road’s Jeannette Feminella and Wing’s Christopher Smalley – and teachers read their favorite stories aloud. The Islip High School Jazz Ensemble, led by Steve Campanella, and the Swing vocal group, directed by Rich Harris, both performed, along with a new elite string ensemble called Tangled. Students from the primary grades decorated cupcakes, and artwork from students in grades K-12 was prominently displayed in the windows of the store. 

A new addition this year was a visit from the high school’s department of family and consumer science. Guided by teacher Heidi Kissinger, students prepared delicious confections that were sugar free or gluten free.