Anniversary party nets donations toward bookmobile
— 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.
“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/.
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.