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Contact Us

Reading Is FUN

Meet our Leadership Team:


Al Magid 

Founder and Executive Director

Mary Lou Russo

Chief Operating Officer


Mary Crimp-Batzinger

Library Coordinator

Valerie Rivera

Volunteer Placement Coordinator

Web Administrator

Debra Carey

Training Coordinator

Larry Pierce

Newsletter Editor

Jan Gallas

Event Coordinator

The Schenectady City School District Education Foundation



Contact AL to volunteer.

Contact Mary Lou Russo about fundraising.

Contact Mary about donating books


Tell your family members, friends, neighbors, and fellow workers about The Reading Is Fun Program and tell them to get the word out about our worthwhile community project serving Schenectady City's pre-school to 3rd grade students!


Sign up to volunteer 

by contacting Al Magid at or click here:

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Sessions are 30 to 60 minutes each week and are determined by our volunteers and school/RIF liaisons, so that individual meeting times can be arranged at the child's school. If you volunteer to work with a child/parent pair at the Schenectady County Jail, you will receive notification regarding the schedule.  

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