2017-01-27 / Community

Rotary donates to libraries in South Portland and Cape


Youth librarians Rachel Davis of Thomas Memorial Library, left, and Kim Campbell of South Portland Public Library, with Rotary Club checks for $500 for each library. (Courtesy photo) Youth librarians Rachel Davis of Thomas Memorial Library, left, and Kim Campbell of South Portland Public Library, with Rotary Club checks for $500 for each library. (Courtesy photo) The Rotary Club of South Portland/Cape Elizabeth has donated $1,000 to two local public libraries for youth literacy programs. The club began the ongoing program in 2007.

Youth librarians at Cape’s Thomas Memorial Library and the South Portland Public Library each recently received $500 from the Rotary Club for additional materials, chosen by the professional librarians at each library. The donations will provide materials they otherwise would not be able to purchase through normal funding.

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 of the materials will also assist those for whom English is a second language.

The Rotary Club also 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 to youth literacy by the speaker.

“We have been making this type of donation for 11 years now with a view toward increasing 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 Bill Anderson.

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