–Thanks to a $2,500 donation provided by the Thaddeus Sherman Masonic Lodge #196 and Bethlehem Estero Pines chapter number 95, Order of Eastern Star, nearly 400 books in English and Spanish were purchased by the Paso Robles City Library in support of the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District’s Battle of the Books program. The donation was made to the Paso Robles Friends of the Library during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Library on Thursday, Sept. 1.
Representatives of the Thaddeus Sherman Masonic Lodge #196 and the Bethlehem Estero Pines chapter number 95, Order of Eastern Star presented a ceremonial check to Friends of the Library Vice-President, Anne Bell. Masons representatives included Tom Irwin, Connie Jarvis, Runo Lemming, Jerry Harbick, Will Strong, Rod Smiley, Jerry McKinnon, John Linder and Errol and Sharon Bennett.
Also in attendance were representatives from the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District including SuperintendentChris Williams, District Librarian Stephanie Lowe and many school librarians. Mayor Steve Martin, Library and Recreation Services Director Julie Dahlen and City Librarian Angelica Fortin represented the City of Paso Robles at the ceremony. Mayor Martin and Superintendent Williams opened the collection for circulation by cutting a ceremonial ribbon. The books are currently available for checkout at the Paso Robles City Library and Library Study Center.
According to City Librarian Angelica Fortin, “this generous gift to the youth of Paso Robles demonstrates our community’s commitment to literacy and life-long learning. Through this collection, we commit to supporting the great work of the school district by providing opportunities for the youngest members of our community to thrive.”
Battle of the Books is a national reading incentive program for students in third through eighth grades. Students read books and come together within their schools to demonstrate their abilities and to test their knowledge of the books they have read.
Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Superintendent Chris Williams joins Mayor Steve Martin at the Library during a ribbon-cutting ceremony to official open nearly 400 new Battle of the Books collection materials.
City Library Receives Donation from Masons and Presents New Battle of the Books Titles The Paso Robles City Library is located at 1000 Spring Street and is open Monday – Friday 10-8, and Saturday 10-5. For more information on library programs and events, call (805) 237-3870 or visit www.prcity.com/library.