Local Family Completes Library Journey

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 29, 2011 at 5:51 PM EDT

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Local Family Completes Library Journey

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 29, 2011 at 5:51 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- A year ago, Al, Stacey, Anna and MaryGrace Jafarjian went on a quest to visit all 37 libraries in the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.

On Wednesday the Williamsville family completed their journey at the downtown Central Library in Lafayette Square, where Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System director Mary Jean Jakubowksi greeted the family with these words: “In 1867 author Mark Twain said: ‘Nothing so liberalizes a man and expands the kindly instincts that nature put in him as travel and contact with many kinds of people’. “

A year ago, Al and Stacey Jafarjian, along with their daughters, 11-year-old Anna and 8-year-old MaryGrace, agreed that they would do something quite unique - visit all of the public libraries in Erie County.

Hundreds of miles later, they saw millions of books and other reading materials, met dozens of new people, and learned firsthand how each of our town libraries truly enhance the fabric of that community. At each location they kept a log, took pictures and chronicled their visit for all to read in a blog entitled Operation Reading Road Trip.

“As a family, we realized just how valuable the library is,” said Al Jafarjian, a teacher in the Orchard Park School district. “Nearly every weekend we visited different libraries, took out books, talked to people and explored the towns as well. I highly recommend this type of family time road trip because it was filled with fun, reading and exploring new and inviting places.”

As a slide presentation featured pictures of the family’s library excursions the Jafarjians were presented with a jumbo-sized library card, certificates and granite bookends that were once part of the library building that now graces Lafayette Square.

The Jafarjians’ Operation Reading Road Trip blog can be read at: http://
operationreadingroadtrip.blogspot.com/2011_04_01_archive.html