2019-03-08 / Community

Rotary donates to youth literacy program at library


Youth librarian Rachel Davis of Thomas Memorial Library, with a Rotary Club check and a book for youngsters donated through Rotary by The Downeaster. (Courtesy photo) Youth librarian Rachel Davis of Thomas Memorial Library, with a Rotary Club check and a book for youngsters donated through Rotary by The Downeaster. (Courtesy photo) The Rotary Club of South Portland/Cape Elizabeth has donated $500 again this year to Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth for materials for youth literacy programs. The club began this ongoing program in 2007.

The materials, chosen by professional youth librarians, will provide for additional needs for children the libraries otherwise would not be able to purchase through usual 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.

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