Booked!: Kiwanis gift supports children’s library

Published 3:00 am Thursday, July 20, 2017

Kiwanis Clubs are looking out for kids in every corner of the globe and the Troy Kiwanis Club is doing its part both around the globe and right here at home.

On Wednesday, the Troy Kiwanis Club donated $300 to the Troy Public Library to be used in support of the children’s library.

Kenny Green, treasurer, and Ed Averett, club secretary, presented the check to William White, TPL director, and Teresa Colvin, children’s librarian, to be used to the benefit of the children.

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“Literacy is the goal of the Kiwanis Club,” Averett said. “Kids are our focus. Our club supports RIF (Reading is Fundamental) and Head Start here in Troy and we are proud to also support the Troy Public Library.”

Averett said, when Colvin was the guest speaker at the Troy Kiwanis Club, the members were impressed by the library’s children’s programs

And, that’s where the Kiwanis donation will be directed said White and Colvin.

“The Troy Public Library’s commitment is to providing reading materials for all interests and all reading levels,” Colvin said. “We are dedicated to having high interest books for low reading levels. Even if a child is a struggling reader, his or her reading skills will improve if they enjoy reading. So, when children with high interests but low reading levels are matched with low reading level books, they will be more excited about reading and their skills will improve.”

White said more young readers are coming to the Troy Public Library from different cultural backgrounds.

“When a child comes to Troy from another country or culture and they come to the library and find books with pictures of children who look like them, they can better relate to that book and they feel at home at the Troy Public Library,” he said.

White and Colvin said the donation for the Kiwanis Club will be used to purchase high interest books, low reading level books, children’s cultural books and also to assist with the library’s tutorial program.

“The tutorial program has been highly successful,” Colvin said. “We pair children who are struggling in different subject areas with a tutor who works one-on-one with them. Troy University students, who are education majors or just want the experience of working with children, do an outstanding tutoring the young students and are excellent role models for the children they tutor.”

White said the Kiwanis Club’s donation will pay dividends in different ways and for a long time. He and Colvin expressed appreciation to the Troy Kiwanis Club for its support of the Troy Pubic Library and the children who benefit from its services.

White said the TPL is always looking for ways to better serve its patrons and those ways include year round programs for children and adults. Averett said White and Colvin are clearly experts regarding library science and the Troy Kiwanis Club is proud to support the experts.