2018-04-13 / Community

Area Rotary Club donates to Cape, South Portland libraries


Youth librarians Rachel Davis of Thomas Memorial Library left, and Kim Campbell, South Portland Public Library, with Rotary Club checks and Rotary bookplates for each library. (Courtesy photo) Youth librarians Rachel Davis of Thomas Memorial Library left, and Kim Campbell, South Portland Public Library, with Rotary Club checks and Rotary bookplates for each library. (Courtesy photo) The Rotary Club of South Portland/ Cape Elizabeth has donated $1,750 to two public libraries for youth literacy programs. The club began this ongoing program in 2007.

Youth librarians at Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth and the South Portland Public Library each received checks from the Rotary Club. The materials, chosen by the professional librarians at each library, will provide for additional needs for the children that the libraries 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 this 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.

“For 12 years we have made these donations to help increase 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 Sue Sturtevant.

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