Sturbridge Rotary Club recently donated $5,000 to The Friends of the Joshua Hyde Public Library in Sturbridge. These funds will be used to support children’s and youth programs at the library. The library was thrilled with our donation because in this era of fiscal belt tightening, many of the programs the library offers would not exist without outside funding provided by the Friends.
Some of the many children and youth programs offered include story times, ELF (Early Literacy & Fun), crafts and supplies, school vacation week programs and the Summer Reading Program. The Friends also recently started a Summer Young Adult program that includes reading, technology programs and other fun activities.
The donation is a logical fit for Sturbridge Rotary because we fund other educational programs for local youth. We award scholarships each year to local senior students pursuing a college degree, as well as leadership training for several high school sophomores. We’re looking forward to hearing about the success of the children’s and youth programs at the library.
Board member, Robert White, presented the check to Children’s Librarian, Pat Lalli (center) and to Donna Englander, Friends president (right).