Donation to library part of rotary club’s dedication to literacy

Amanda Jess
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NEW GLASGOW – Many pages were turned on Saturday during the annual Read With Rotary event at the New Glasgow Library, including a page in a chequebook.

Kathryn Finlayson, left, on behalf of the Rotary Club of New Glasgow presents a $1,500 cheque to New Glasgow Library branch manager Greg Hayward, centre. Also pictured is Rotary Club president Ed Joyce.

The Rotary Club of New Glasgow donated $1,500 to the library to use at their discretion.

“A big part of our program is to support the youth in our community,” Simon Lawand, vice president of the club, said, adding that another one of their commitments is literacy.

The event welcomes children from the area to come in for a reading, music and holiday celebrations.

This year Sheree Fitch, writer in residence, and John Kennedy were the special guests.

Approximately 20 kids were also treated to a skit performed by the InterAct Rotary Club students from North Nova Education Centre, as well as a visit from Santa.

All of the children received a book through the Adopt-a-Library program.

Kathryn Finlayson is the main organizer for the event.

“Without her, this project wouldn’t happen,” Ed Joyce, president of the club, said.

The funds for the donation to the library come from the many events the club holds throughout the year, including the Rotary Film Festival, their Canada day barbeque and their Faces of Business booklet.

Along with donating to local organizations, they also distribute funds internationally as well.

The rotary club is a non-profit group of individuals dedicated to “service above self.”

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