An­niver­sary party nets do­na­tions to­ward book­mo­bile

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— When Phyl­lis and Bill Kilby held their 50th an­niver­sary party last week­end, the asked guests not to bring gifts.

In­stead, they re­quested that their guests make a do­na­tion to sup­port the Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary’s ef­fort to raise money to buy a new book­mo­bile. That sim­ple re­quest ended up yield­ing more than $500 in do­na­tions to­ward re­plac­ing the 12-year-old ve­hi­cle.

The Kil­bys were in­spired to give af­ter read­ing an ar­ti­cle in the Ce­cil Whig about a group of chil­dren in the Head Start pro­gram who col­lected two soda bot­tles worth of pen­nies — to­tal­ing about $50 — to do­nate to­ward the book­mo­bile fundraiser, Phyl­lis said. The cou­ple also be­lieves that read­ing is very im­por­tant and likes that the book­mo­bile brings books to those who are not able to travel to the li­brary.

ELK­TON

“Read­ing is im­por­tant and hav­ing that op­por­tu­nity for other peo­ple in the county is very im­por­tant,” Phyl­lis added.

CCPL’s book­mo­bile trav­els to the county’s pub­lic schools and Head Start Pro­grams, as well as lower so­cio-eco­nomic and ge­o­graph­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged neigh­bor­hoods.

The Kil­bys’ party has raised more than $500 so far but the li­brary is still re­ceiv­ing do­na­tions and con­tri­bu­tions from the Kilby’s re­quest, said Fra­zier Walker, Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary com­mu­nity re­la­tions spe­cial­ist.

The li­brary has also re­ceived do­na­tions and con­tri­bu­tions from places such as the Friends of the Ris­ing Sun Li­brary, VFW Memo­rial Post 6027 in North East, busi­ness bene­fac­tors and cit­i­zens do­nat­ing to the Friends of the Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary and con­tri­bu­tions from the li­brary’s CCPL Foun­da­tion, Walker said.

The Friends have the goal of rais­ing $30,000 and have raised about half that so far, Walker said. CCPL is ac­cept­ing do­na­tions from cit­i­zens as well as from their foun­da­tion and the Friends group.

Walker said sup­port­ing the new ve­hi­cle re­sults in con­tin­u­ing ac­cess to books and li­brary ma­te­ri­als for county res­i­dents.

For the Kil­bys, this isn’t their first ex­pe­ri­ence with a book­mo­bile.

Phyl­lis said that when she and Bill had a young fam­ily, they would use the book­mo­bile to en­ter­tain their chil­dren and ex­pose them to read­ing.

When Phyl­lis was grow­ing up, she would uti­lize a book­mo­bile in Lan­caster County, Pa., and Bill also has mem­o­ries of us­ing a book­mo­bile when he was grow­ing up.

“I have fond mem­o­ries of the book­mo­bile as a child,” he said, not­ing that a book­mo­bile would come to his ele­men­tary school in Em­mor­ton, which is out­side of Bel Air, in the 1950s.

Mor­gan Miller, CCPL act­ing di­rec­tor, said in a state­ment that the Kil­bys’ do­na­tion helps build com­mu­nity.

“Just as the Kilby’s were in­spired by the chil­dren from the Elk­ton Head Start’s penny do­na­tions, we hope the com­mu­nity will be in­spired to give to­ward CCPL’s new Book­mo­bile,” she said.

Do­na­tions can be made at any of the branch lo­ca­tions or on­line at http://www.ce­cil. ebranch. info/ about- us/ sup­port-us/book­mo­bile/.

SPE­CIAL TO THE WHIG

Chil­dren from the Head Start on Fletch­wood Road in Elk­ton in­spired the Kilby’s to en­cour­age guests at their an­niver­sary party to do­nate to­ward a new book­mo­bile for the county li­brary.

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