Editor’s Note: After 18 years as founder and executive director of Ithaca’s Family Reading Partnership, a community-wide effort to create a culture of literacy, Brigid Hubberman is stepping down from her position.

Below is an open letter of thanks she wrote to the community.

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Dear Community Members,

Brigid Hubberman (Submitted pic)

It is with love, honor, commitment, integrity, and gratitude, that I have had the privilege and pleasure of serving our community through the work of Family Reading Partnership for the past 18 years. 

THANK YOU for sharing the vision for a culture of literacy, and for all that so many of you have done in your personal, civic, and professional roles to help make that vision for connecting children with the joy of books and wonder of words, a growing reality. My gratitude for your support for the Family Reading Partnership’s community-wide mission is deep and unending. 

As I work in New York and across the country to share the many ways that we in Tompkins County have joined together to weave beautiful, high-quality children’s books, and the inspiration to talk, sing, and read to babies and children, into the fabric and culture of families and community, in Ithaca and Tompkins County, it is your story I will tell with great pride. Thank you for helping to create a community-based love of reading model that other communities will emulate, learn from, and contribute to strengthening, as it is shared. 

Tompkins County will continue to me both my home and home base, and I look forward to being involved in other issues in our community that make a difference in the lives of children and families.

With gratitude and continued commitment,

— Brigid Hubberman | Founder, Family Reading Partnership

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.