UNION COUNTY — A tradition of support for the Union County Carnegie Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program continued this week with a $2,000 donation from the Union Rotary Club.
Club President Neil Howell presented Library Director and fellow Rotarian Ben Loftis with a check for $2,000 during Rotary’s meeting at Covenant Baptist Church Tuesday afternoon. Howell pointed out that Rotary has been a long-time supporter of the library and its reading programs. He praised the library for its contributions to the community and said the club looks forward to continue to supports its efforts to serve the people of Union County.
“The library is a great asset,” Howell said. “We’re always glad to support the library.”
The funds donated to the library include $1,250 the club raised through its annual Low Country Boil and Dinner Theatre events and its weekly aluminum drive. The balance of the donation is a $750 District Simplified Grant the club applied for and received from Rotary District 7750.
In addition to the library, the club also provides financial support to the Miracle League of Union County, The Potters Storehouse, CrimeStoppers, Meals on Wheels, Union County YMCA, Boy Scouts, Dixie Youth League, the 4-H Club, and the Union County High School Department of Visual and Performing Arts.
Loftis thanked the Rotary Club for its continuing support of the Adult Summer Reading Program which he described as part of its efforts to promote literacy.
“I really want to thank the Rotary Club of Union, their generosity allows us to continue our Adult Summer Reading Program,” Loftis said. “We’re excited to continue offering a summer program for adults and are happy to promote literacy through a long-term series of programs.”
Loftis pointed out that Rotary’s support makes it possible for the library to provide the Adult Summer Reading Program. In 2012, the club donated $2,500 to the program which Loftis said attracted more than 40 adults who read and reviewed books submitting their reviews for a chance to win the weekly prize drawings. He said the library hopes to build on last year’s success and attract even more participants.
“The Adult Summer Reading Program will be offered from June 3 through July 26 and we plan to offer a variety of programs as well as continuing with weekly drawings for participants,” Loftis said. “Last year we had a successful program with 45 adults attending and 57 submitted book reviews for the drawings. We hope to grow those numbers this year.”
While the Adult Summer Reading Program will run from June 3-July 26, Loftis said the schedule of events will be announced within the next few weeks. The Adult Summer Reading Program will run concurrently with the Summer Reading Program for children and teens. The children and teens reading activities include:
June 3 — Dig For Buried Treasure! — 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
June 5 — First Guessing Game begins (Guess how many worms and bugs are in the jar.)
June 10 — Ronald McDonald — Dig into Reading! — 10 a.m.
June 11 — Scavenger Hunt for Kids — 2-4 p.m.
June 18 — Pre-school Event — Treasure Hunt — 2-4 p.m.
June 20 — Porkchop Productions — Three Billy Goats Gruff — 10 a.m.
June 27 — Scavenger Hunt for Teens — 2-4 p.m.
July 8 — Family Event Build a Bug — 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
July 10 — Second Guessing Game Begins (Guess how many treasures are buried)
July 15 — Movie Kids The Adventures of Tintin (rated PG) — 2-4 p.m.
July 18 — Teen Event — Beneath the surface teen makeover — 1-3 p.m.
July 22 — Movie Teen — Holes (the movie) 2-4 p.m.
For more information on the library’s summer reading programs and other services call 864-427-7140.
Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.