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He shares his love of reading at the non-profit Dog Ears Bookstore in South Buffalo

Owner Tom McDonnell is a literacy expert
Posted at 4:19 PM, Sep 02, 2020

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW-TV) — There was a time when books and reading were not that important to Tom McDonnell. He says "I got out of high school exactly what I put into it. Nothing."

Thanks to an "awesome literature professor" in college, Tom discovered a love of reading and went on to get a masters degree and eventfully opened the Dog Ears Bookstore & Cafe in South Buffalo.

Lately Tom has been giving workshops to parents and caregivers to help them navigate through the COVID at home learning situation. He says "This new way of learning could be around for a long time and now you are a major stakeholder in that education process."

Tom says the first step to getting kids excited about reading is to give them a book. "To me it all goes back to reading." says Tom adding "It's amazing what happens when you give a book to a kid, they get so excited."

7ABC and the Scripps Howard Foundation have launched the "Give A Child A Book" Campaign. This is an effort to get books into the hands of local children who need them most. A donation of $5 can provide a book for a child.
To make a donation to the "Give a Child A Book" go to WKBW.COM/BUFFALOSTRONG

Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe is located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo. For more informatiomn you can check their website.