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Rotary emphasizing literacy in community

by Rochelle Eiselt | September 9, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.

Callaway County Public Library and Fulton Rotary Club are working to together to help promote literacy in the community.

This month, the library and Rotary Club are displaying books in the lobby of the lower level of the library.

September is Education and Literacy Month for Rotary International, and the display is just one way Fulton Rotary plans to observe the month.

Lauren Williams, adult and community services manager at Daniel Boone Regional Library, came to Rotary's meeting Wednesday to talk about the library's literacy programs.

Williams discussed different forms of literacy. For adults, there are programs available that focus on digital literacy and financial literacy, of many, she said.

Literacy at an early age for children is important, she said, as it helps get children ready for school.

Literacy programs for children were not around during the COVID-19 pandemic, so the library is glad to have those programs back, she said.

One of the newest literacy programs for children is "A Thousand Books Before Kindergarten." The program is free and encourages kids to read or to be read to. Reading with kids encourages skills, she said.

"It encourages a lifelong love of reading," she said.

The Rotary Club also plans to donate children's books to Head Start and try to set up a time to read to the children, possibly with the help of Fulton High School's Interact Club and William Woods University's Rotaract Club, both sponsored by Fulton Rotary.

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