Snow only makes librarians wish for summer more intently. And summer means the children's reading program, the highlight of the library year!
This year, the Oxford Public Library asks the public for its support.
The library rewards hundreds of children for reading every summer vacation. Usually prizes are small toys or gift certificates. This year, the library would like to encourage further reading by offering an additional type of prize: books.
The Friends of the Library in Oxford hope to collect 350 new-condition children's books in order to sponsor this prize. Members of the public who would like to support youth literacy are asked to consider donating books.
The library's wish list includes board books, picture books, easy readers, chapter books, and nonfiction books of interest to children up to fifth grade. Donations should be in new or like-new condition. Ideally, these books will be published no earlier than 2006 in order to ensure that they are relevant and exciting prizes. However, children's classics are welcome.
To donate, patrons should leave books in boxes or bags labeled "Summer Reading Program" by the bookcase at the library's front door or by the children's librarian's desk.
Not only will books make numerous children happy this summer, but donations to the library are tax-refundable. Donors just need to ask for a receipt.
For more information, call the library at 203-888-6944.