MASON COUNTY — Mason County libraries recently got a boost for their Summer Reading Program, when Library Director Pam Thompson received word of a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
Nearly $57,000 in literacy grants to West Virginia nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools were awarded, including $2,000 to the Mason County Library System. The funds are aimed at supporting adult, family and summer literacy programs within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store, according to a company press release.
Thompson said $1,000 of the grant will be used to purchase new books. The remaining half will be distributed among the Point Pleasant, Mason and New Haven locations. While the funds will be used for summer reading, the director said she is leaving it up to the individual libraries whether the money will go for programming or supplies.
Summer reading will begin June 5, and continue through the end of July. The theme will be “Build a Better World,” with a construction emphasis. Thompson said the children will be building a catapult, as well as constructing with Legos. Building block sets are still needed, and donations can be dropped off at any library location.
In addition, the libraries will once again be offering free lunches for all children through the age of 18 years. Adult meals are available for a fee.
Thompson said the lunches are provided through the Facing Hunger Food Bank in Huntington. Vicky Nazarewycz, who operates the Bend Area Food Pantry in Mason, along with husband Lew, is the liaison in obtaining the meals.
Nazarewycz said the lunches will be different than in past years, and will feature sealed, crustless sandwiches. The sandwiches will come in frozen, with some including meat, while others will be peanut butter or sun butter and jelly. More information on the meal program will be released as details become available.
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