main content starts hereCongressman Paul Tonko’s Pinewood visit

| March 14, 2023

Congressman Paul Tonko recently visited Pinewood Intermediate to present the Pinewood library with books from the Library of Congress surplus donation program 44 books were donated that were valued together at around $600. The books were hand selected based on the topics Librarian Jeanna Stapleton requested. 

Congressman Tonko speaking with students

Congressman Tonko speaking with students.

“The Library of Congress Surplus Book Program allows our library to supplement our existing collection for our students at no cost to us. It means additional high quality literature for them to access and be inspired by,” said Stapleton. “This program and the visit were an invaluable opportunity for all involved,” she added. 

During the visit, Congressman Tonko spoke with students in Brianne Clark’s fifth grade class. The students, who are currently learning about the United States Government, engaged in a Q&A with the Congressman and were able to ask him all sorts of questions ranging from what car he drove, to climate change, books, his job in congress and deeper issues as well.

“We were very fortunate to have Congressman Tonko join us at Pinewood. His insight into the role of the Library of Congress, as well as his donation of books to our Pinewood Library is very much appreciated,” said Pinewood Principal Jason Thompson.  

Our Mohonasen fifth graders were involved and very courteous. “I was impressed with Mrs. Clark’s class and proud of the very thoughtful questions they had for Congressman Tonko,” added principal Thompson. 


Some of the books that were donated.

Students with Congressman Tonko

Students with Congressman Tonko