Donation benefits children’s summer reading program

The Rotary Club of Fort Myers South has teamed with the Friends of Lee County Libraries to give to the Lee County Library System’s Summer Reading Program, which runs this year from May 29 to Aug. 11.

Representatives from Rotary and the Friends presented a $5,145.30 check to the library system during a luncheon on April 30. 

The library system gives out a free book to every child who expresses interest in the program, while supplies last. In 2017, 10,000 children took part in the program, but the library only had 8,500 books to give.

Rotary and the Friends are committed to making sure that shortfall doesn’t happen again. Rotary collected money for the program from fundraising events throughout the year, including the Law and Order Ball and the club’s annual All-Star Classic football game. The Friends put together a book fair at Barnes & Noble and applied for a grant to help fund their contribution.

The library’s program is designed to foster literacy skills and develop a love of reading. A series of interactive, kid-focused events are planned, like reptile shows, science demonstrations, and cooking classes.