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Friends of the Library Helping to Raise Funds for New Children's Story Time Room
According to the Friends of the Lynchburg Public Library, the new children’s storytime room is only $40,000 away from becoming a reality. The Friends have been spearheading a fund raising effort to supplement generous donations from the St. John’s Episcopal Church, the City of Lynchburg, the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust, Liberty University and other private donations. The anticipated cost of the construction is approximately $350,000. In order to break ground by spring 2014, the Friends of the Lynchburg Public Library must complete fund raising by December 31, 2013.
According to Acting Director Marilyn Martin, the dedicated story time room will give Library staff the opportunity to do an even better job serving children and families. “The talented and dedicated library staff already plays a key role in the development of many children,” said Martin. “Since the Lynchburg Public Library is centrally located, it is well situated to welcome families from across the city and from across socio-economic backgrounds. Having a dedicated, specially designed room for children's activities will enhance their learning experience.”
Statistics show that one out of five children in Lynchburg begins kindergarten not fully prepared to read. Attending story times encourages and reinforces these necessary skills and helps ensure that they are better prepared to enter kindergarten ready to learn to read. A child who can read is more likely to succeed in school, live a healthier, more productive life, and is more likely to develop qualities of self-reliance, character, leadership and self-esteem.
Donations may be sent to the Lynchburg Public Library at 2015 Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg, Virginia, 24504. Please earmark donations for the Children’s Story Time Room.
The Friends of the Lynchburg Public Library is 501(c) (3) organization whose mission provides for advocacy for the public library at the local, state and national levels; funding for the volunteer coordinator to oversee the volunteers who give more than 3,000 hours annually; books, e-books, DVDs, CDs, and other materials for the library; Lynchburg Reads, a community reading program; summer youth reading programs; copy machines and a self-check station; I-VAN,; and the INFORMATION and IMAGINATION community outreach van.