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Boosters aid childrens book selection by donating $500

For the sixth straight year, the Cornelius Booster Club donated $500 last month to support the Cornelius Public Library’s summer reading program.

The boosters were joined by the Cornelius Women’s Civic Club, which donated $100 for buying children’s books. The Civic Club, which started the library 101 years ago, used to donate to the libraries in Cornelius’ elementary schools, but stopped two years ago when the school district’s budget eliminated library support.

In addition, through its Intel Involved Matching Grant program, Intel donated $1,050 to the library as a money “match” for the hours volunteered there by Intel employees.

According to Library Director Karen Hill, the Cornelius library is the fastest growing library in the county, increasing checkout activity in April by 19 percent (compared to April 2012) while the county average increase was 2.7 percent. In addition, Cornelius had 17 percent more visitors this April than last.

The summer reading program alone served 20 percent of the city’s youth last year, including 112 teens and 679 younger children. About 35 percent were from Spanish-speaking families. More than 200 adults also participated.

“We want parents to be reading role models — and have fun,” Hill said.

“This year our goal is 800 children, 200 teens and 300 adults,” she said.

Local sponsors such as Cornelius Act V Cinema, Out of this World Pizza and many more have helped the effort, last year donating $7,604 worth of coupons, certificates, gift cards and more for signup incentives and reading rewards.

“This year we have over $10,000 worth,” Hill said.

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