BRONX, N.Y. (PIX11) — Turning the page on low literacy numbers — that’s the goal of a book fair that happened in the south Bronx on Saturday. 

The American Federation of Teachers and the United Federation of Teachers donated 40,000 books to be given out for free at IS 584. 

“I love this event and I think it’s really nice that they bring it always to the Bronx, especially since they closed down the book store,” said attendee Laila Patino. 

The school is in a district currently suffering from the lowest literacy rates in the city. School principal Tannis Sertima said she’s hopeful events like this get those literacy numbers back up. 

“This is a labor of love,” Sertima said. 

The event opened its doors at 9 with music and food. Thanksgiving Day food supplies were also given out to families in need.

“Reading is essential you need it for every aspect of your life and I think this is a great way to start that,” she said. 

“This helps spark the joy of reading,” said Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers. 

“New York City is a city of opportunity, we have to make sure our kids are prioritized,” she said.