The Rotary Club of Collingwood generously donated $5,000 to the Collingwood Public Library to help purchase new children and teen books. The Library will use the donation to replace classic literature that is deteriorating and to purchase new items that will appeal to children and teen interests.
“At Rotary, we are continually evaluating ways to serve our community. Our donation to support the purchase of children’s books is an investment in the future of our community. We’re pleased and proud to make this donation,” said Brian Hickey, past president of The Rotary Club of Collingwood.
The donation will allow the Library to provide more print materials for its youth. It is crucial that the Library meet the needs of its young users to ensure they feel like respected community members and library patrons. Research shows that when children have access to print materials they develop basic reading skills, leading to a greater enjoyment of reading.
“We must remember that books play a vital role in supporting our community. Building and fostering a child’s love of reading at a young age is crucial for the development of lifelong learning and reading. We are thankful to The Rotary Club of Collingwood for recognizing this fact by helping us update our collection,” said Ashley Kulchycki, supervisor, children and teen services.
Kulchycki is currently analyzing the children and teen collection to help determine which books to purchase with the Rotary’s donation. New books will be added to young adult fiction and nonfiction, children’s picture books, and juvenile fiction and nonfiction.