2016-05-13 / Community

Rotary Club donates to area libraries

The Rotary Club of South Portland/Cape Elizabeth has donated $1,000 to two local public libraries for youth literacy programs. The club began this ongoing program in 2007.

Youth librarians at Cape Elizabeth’s Thomas Memorial Library and South Portland Public Library each received $500 from Rotary.

The money will be used to enhance literacy programs through the purchase of books and materials to promote literacy, reading and interest in education among young people. Some materials will also assist those for whom English is a second language.

The Rotary Club uses the program to recognize its weekly speakers by having them sign a bookplate that goes into one of the selected books and symbolizes a donation of that book by the speaker.

“We have been making this type of donation for 10 years with a view toward increasing the interest in reading and education among our local students. It is representative of our Rotary Club’s service to our communities’ youth and our commitment to literacy initiatives,” said Rotary Club President Scott Irving.

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