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Public library receives $3,000 grant for summer reading program

PLATTSBURGH - Plattsburgh Public Library has attracted area elementary school children to take part in their summer reading program for more than 10 years. This year, however, they received some assistance.

Library director Stanley A. Ransom contacted Hannaford Supermarkets in hopes of receiving grant money to cover expenses for the program.

"Each year, we have the summer reading program and it costs about $3,000 to put on," Ransom explained, which includes the costs of purchasing extra books and prize incentives for the children, who range in age from pre-schoolers through sixth grade.

According to Tara Morgan, community relations specialist for Hannaford, the company often supports "children-based organizations" such as summer camps, although they usually do so by providing healthy snacks.

"But, in this instance, it was very clear that these two organizations were in desperate need of some cash to even be able to move forward with these programs," Morgan explained, referring also to Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, Vt., who needed money for their summer reading program. "It was something a little bit different for us, but something that was obviously a worthy cause."

"We haven't had a grant from Hannaford's in the past," Ransom said. "One of the things that they are interested in is the promotion of children's reading. So, this is why we applied to them for this grant. We were just so delighted to hear that we were going to be receiving this grant."

This year, Plattsburgh Public Library is following the theme provided by the New York State Public Library, "Be Creative at Your Library." Some of the activities planned throughout the summer, which the grant money will go toward, include arts and crafts, storytelling, musicians, Mr. Beau the Clown, and Steve Charney, a ventriloquist.

"So, we have a little bit of everything," Ransom said.

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