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LO Friends of Library donate $23,000 to support programs


Booktique sales make gifts possible

The board of the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library recently approved $23,000 to be given as grants to the library for the following programs:

n Educational and cultural programs, $2,000. This grant will be used to fund educational and cultural programs and events that are outside the scope of existing programs.

n Storytelling Festival, $5,000. The week-long Storytelling Festival is held in October. It includes workshops and local history presentations.

n Adult summer reading prizes, $1,000. This grant will provide incentives for adults to participate. Weekly drawings and a grand prize will create interest and encourage people to come to the library and check out books on a weekly basis.

n Special shows for youth, $9,000. Special programs are popular and bring youths of all ages and their parents into the library. Shows such as music, puppets, clowns and magic will be presented through spring 2014.

n Summer reading club for teens and children, $3,500. The goal of this project is to fund summer reading incentive book prizes. When readers reach their individual reading goals they may choose a free paperback book.

n Books for Babies, $1,000. Brightly colored bags are filled with books for newborns to foster a love of books and reading at an early age and helps educate parents about the important role they play in the development of their children’s literacy.

n Program hospitality, $1,500. This grant pays for refreshments served at many different programs throughout the year.

Sales from The Booktique, the Friends used book store, provide the income for the grants.