A Poet-Educator Expands Summer Reading – and Community

David Ellis is giving summer reading a new
dimension–and not just for the students and
parents at St. Mark the Evangelist School in
Harlem, where he has worked for the last 19 years.
Through weekly Instagram interviews, he is
introducing dynamic reading options for kids–and
he is also creating a new kind of community
among writers, illustrators, and families.

As some in the Partnership community know,
David is the librarian at St. Mark’s–in fact, he created the school’s library, with the help of nonprofit Library Connections. He is also a poet, a father, and an unassuming yet impactful voice both in Harlem, where he works, and City Island, where he lives.

By Beth Blaufuss

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