Young children and their caregivers throughout the region can now enjoy new copies of their favorite board books at the county’s 15 libraries thanks to a donation from the Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation. The Foundation donated 825 children’s books worth more than $5,500.
At a special ceremony at the Edgewater Community Library on February 11, Library Foundation members Lisa Hillman and Hamilton Chaney presented staff with 55 new board books aimed at the library’s youngest customers. These sturdy books are more durable and easier for young children to hold but their popularity means they tend to wear out sooner and need frequent replacing.
“Our branch was really excited to receive the new board books. They flew off the shelves and are almost always completely checked out. The little ones and their caregivers love them,” Edgewater Branch Manager Anne Pusey said.
“One of the Foundation’s key initiatives is to support the Library’s Every Child Ready to Read programming,” said Foundation Executive Director Ann Glenn. “The Library Foundation is thrilled to make this small, but we know welcomed, addition to the materials available for young families at the Library.”
The Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation, established in 2006, raises private support from individuals, companies, grant-making foundations and community organizations to enhance the Library. Governed by a volunteer board of 18, and under the leadership of current president Amy Bartholomee, of Pasadena, the Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation raises financial support, advocates on behalf of the Library and works to enhance both patron and staff experiences within the Library.
To learn more about the Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation, make a donation to the Foundation, or purchase tickets for their upcoming April 1, For the Love of the Library 2016 event, visit www.aacpl.net/foundation.