21 East Bookstore holds college open mic night

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21 East Bookstore is a volunteer-based organization that sells books at low cost in order to benefit Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County, to provide financial support for its tutoring programs. The bookstore has been hosting special Open Mic Nights with Fredonia’s English Honors Society, Sigma Tau Delta, and SUNY Fredonia’s Writers’ Ring for the past few years. Every semester the groups hold an Open Mic for students to read poetry and literature. Dr. Ann Siegle Drege, a board member of the LVCC and Sigma Tau Delta’s advisor, said the Open Mic is a win-win for both the community and the students. “The Open Mic Night at the 21 East Bookstore provides a wonderful opportunity to introduce Fredonia college students to the bookstore. Many don’t realize the bookstore is in the community. The college students love the prices and the atmosphere, and the bookstore benefits from the event,” said Drege. LVCC is currently looking for tutors to help teach English Language Learners and also assist individuals who are interested in improving their basic reading skills. Potential volunteer tutors can learn more by calling 366-4438 or by stopping into the bookstore, located at 21 E. Second St. in Dunkirk, and picking up an application during the store’s regular hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.