St. John Valley

Grant helps Long Lake Library add to shelves

ST. AGATHA, Maine — The Long Lake Public Library in St. Agatha recently received a $1,000 grant from the Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust Fund to buy new books for children from babies through elementary grade students.

“With this grant we were able to buy 272 new books for our library,” said Librarian Jenna St. Onge. “The books are now on display and are ready for our young readers to take home.”

St. Onge said when writing the grant she had local young families in mind.

“With the increase of children and young families that have been visiting our library, due mostly to our story and activity hour, I felt the need to upgrade and increase our book selection,” she said. “My goal is to provide children of all ages, from babies to elementary age students, with books that appeal to all ages and that children enjoy reading.”

St. Onge said children’s literacy and socialization are both of great importance, and to that end she aims to increase events geared toward young readers and their families.

“Along with our new book selection I plan to host more family activities to bring the young children into our library, such as our ‘local hero of the month,’ a LEGO club, ‘reading with Spiderman’ and many other activities in the making,” the librarian said.  

“I hope that between all of our family activities and our new book selection, we can get families together and children to be lifelong readers,” she added.

According to the Maine Community Foundation, which administers the Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust Fund, the fund began in 1986 to help libraries better serve Maine’s communities with populations of less than 10,000.

In his travels throughout Maine, Samuel Rudman “was struck by the commitment to learning and reading as evidenced in libraries in the majority of towns he passed through, regardless of their size. He and Mrs. Rudman encourage libraries in smaller communities to continue and expand programming and outreach through the trust that bears their name,” stated the MCF website.

For information about the Long Lake Public Library’s activities, call (207) 543-9395.

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