Kiwanis donates $4,000 to library

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Kiwanis President Jill Freund presented a $4,000 check to the children's Librarian Pam Pugsley.
   This action represents the final payment and completes a three-year, $12,000 pledge which the Kiwanis Club made to the library to help create a children's reference area.
   Over the past three years, Kiwanis pledged and has donated the proceeds of their annual holiday See's Candy Sale toward purchases designated for the children's area.
   "The basis of Kiwanis is making sure young children have every opportunity available to them. Our motto is "Serving the Children of the World." So, when the library was being built, it seemed like a natural segue for us to raise money for a children's section," Freund explained.
   "We knew how limited their funding was, and the library director had spoken at our meetings several times and mentioned what was going to have to wait until funding could be raised _ the children's reference area was one of them. So we decided to pick that up."
   Previous purchases made possible through this donation have included reference books and Spanish reading books, and this year the library intends to purchase miscellaneous furniture and books on the subjects of world leaders and heroes, World War II, and geography.
   When asked about future projects for Kiwanis, Freund indicated that the library could always use more resources for the children's area. "They are working on a teen section now that sounds like an interesting possibility," she said. "The board has also discussed the needs of the Parks and Rec Department for different kinds of parks and needs for kids of all ages. They are in the process of making long range plans for an activities center, and have presented some options to us. So, we are looking at other opportunities for children, but have not set our sights on one specific area, yet."