“The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.”
June 2021 Donor Update
Thanks to our donors generosity, we were able to help Mount Dora’s W.T. Bland Public Library purchase new children’s audio books (Wonderbooks). Let me explain why this is so important. As you know, the pandemic affected the library programs during 2020. Regular children’s programs such as story times had to be suspended. Many children were falling behind in school as they wrestled with learning disruptions. That is why we are so pleased to have been able to purchase an initial collection of children’s Wonderbooks for the library. Every Wonderbook is a print book with a ready-to-play audiobook inside. Children will press play to read along with their favorite books and then switch to learning mode for literacy learning and fun. Having these available at the library is more important than ever during this period of learning disruptions. And thanks to you, Mount Dora is the first library in Lake County to have these books.
Happily, a modified children’s summer learning program will resume this year. Again, thanks to you, we are funding the eight-week program. Upon checkout, each child will receive a different take-home kit each week that includes an educational themed project, a paper craft activity and a book.
The Book Nook used bookstore in the library continues to operate. Your donations of gently used books and movies are greatly appreciated. All funds from the Book Nook go to pay for the children’s programs. We’ve redesigned the Book Nook to make browsing easier, and all books are $1.
Normally our Trivia Night fundraiser is held in August each year. This event brings in an important piece of the annual revenue that we raise for the library. However, due to the pandemic, we were not able to hold the event last year and will not be able to hold it this year. We look forward to holding the event in 2022.
Please help by extending your membership for 2021. Your continued support can make all the difference to children who most need the library.
Thank you again for your past support,
President, Friends of the Library – Mount Dora
P.S. Our children in Mount Dora are the future. Many of them depend on the support they get from our public library, so please send any gift today! You can donate online below.
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