LaFayette li­brary awarded two read­ing grants

Walker County Messenger - - Sports -

The LaFayette Walker County Li­brary re­cently re­ceived two size­able do­na­tions that will help the li­brary’s sum­mer read­ing and other chil­drens pro­grams.

Peach State Fed­eral Credit Union’s do­na­tion was for $2,500 and the North ge­or­gia Elec­tric Mem­ber­ship Foun­da­tion has given $900 that is ear­marked for the sum­mer read­ing pro­gram.

“We at Peach State Fed­eral Credit Union are com­mu­nity minded and ded­i­cate to sup­port­ing ed­u­ca­tional based pro­grams,” said Peach State Fed­eral Credit Union’s Re­gional Busi­ness Ex­ec­u­tive Ron­ald White.

PSFCU is open­ing in LaFayette at the build­ing that for­merly served as a Re­gions Bank branch.

“These funds will go to­wards chil­dren’s’ pro­grams at the li­brary.” Li­brary Man­ager Tim York, said.

York said the Friends of the LaFayette-Walker County Li­brary ap­plied for an Elec­tric Mem­ber­ship Foundaion grant that is funded by the EMC’s “Round Up” col­lec­tions.

Un­less they choose not to par­tic­i­pate, NGEMC cus­tomers’ elec­tric bills are rounded up to the next highest dol­lar ev­ery month. For ex­am­ple, if a bill is $92.68, it will be rounded up to $93.00. The ex­tra 32 cents will go into Op­er­a­tion Round Up Fund. Monthly con­tri­bu­tions can range from 1 cent to 99 cents, with most con­sumers av­er­ag­ing about 50 cents a month.

Rachel Oesch Wille­ford, pres­i­dent of the Friends of the LaFayette Walker County Li­brary, said this is what the Friends are all about.

“The Friends is the fundrais­ing arm of the li­brary,” she said. “Any time we can give the li­brary ex­tra money for pro­grams and ser­vices then we are pleased.”

The Sum­mer Read­ing pro­gram is un­der­way at the li­brary. If you are in­ter­ested in sign­ing up just stop by the li­brary dur­ing reg­u­lar busi­ness hours or go to the li­brary’s web­site at www.chrl. org for more in­for­ma­tion. The Friends ap­plied for a gran be­ing funded by the Round Up col­lec­tions.

“Funds like this al­low the li­brary to con­tinue to pro­vide needed recre­ational, ed­u­ca­tional and so­cial pro­grams to the com­mu­nity,” York said

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