The Friends of the Library had a great 2019!

Our public library in Mount Dora has one of the most active children’s departments in Lake County. The children’s library has very popular programs like story time (offered 6 times per week) and the Summer Learning Program (over 12,000 children participate). These ongoing programs are funded by the Friends of the Library through donations from generous people like you.

We all hope that all children in Mount Dora will grow up to become successful adults able to support themselves and make a positive difference in our community. But sadly, over half the families in Mount Dora with children below the age of 5 have income below the poverty level. Put simply, these children don’t have books or computers. Many families can’t afford them. These children arrive at school with the weakest pre-reading skills.

In 2020, the Friends of the Library will also help the library pay for the cost of launching a “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” program for newborns, infants and toddlers to help them establish strong literacy skills. The program will encourage parent and child bonding through reading. And, we will also help the library fund replacement and expansion of their AWE Early Literacy Station terminals for children ages 2-8. AWE terminals have fun interactive programs in the areas of math, science, nature, social studies, geography, reading, art & music, writing & computer skills. The programs are available in English and Spanish. These two investments are meant to help increase the literacy and school readiness of Mount Dora’s youngest children.

You can help transform the lives of Mount Dora’s children, especially those less fortunate. You can give these children confidence, hope, and a chance for a brighter future.

We can’t do it without you. It takes continued support every year to keep the children’s programs coming. The socialization, along with establishing an early love of reading have a major impact on their lives. And, we especially need your caring help now to support the “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” program, in addition to purchasing new AWE Early Literacy Station terminals.

Please make a tax-deductible gift to help make an important difference to the future of Mount Dora’s children, and help ensure that Mount Dora stays someplace special. Every single dollar helps. Really.

Thank you in advance for being a generous friend to our library, and to our local children.

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P.O. Box 3, Mount Dora, FL 32756


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W.T. Bland Public Library
1995 N. Donnelly St.
Mount Dora, FL 32757

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