To the editor,

Credit should go to all of you to all of you who gave new life to your children's books by donating them in Rotary's recent book drive. It was enormously successful and those books are being used to re-stock the six LORE, or Love Of Reading Early, libraries located indoor at Backus Community Center, Essentia Health, Head Start, Koochiching County Public Health and Social Services, and Stewart's Super One.

These Lorebraries provide easy access to quality children's books and contribute to the creation of a what has been called a “literature rich environment.”

One heartwarming reality has come into ever sharper focus and that is the existence of a large and varied group of individuals, and groups all working towards the promotion of early childhood reading in our community.

Collectively, our community is creating an environment where every child born here is repeatedly encouraged to read by many people, in addition to their families who are the most important persons in this task.

Reading to young children enhances their ability to learn language and is a gift to them that will pay off for the rest of their lives.

Besides, it's fun for both the child and the reader.

Keep reading to children until they consider it a favorite activity.

Jeff Hardwig

Rotarian/Love Of Reading Early project

International Falls, MN

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