Monday, October 25, 2010

Library receives donation from BB&T

Staff of the Catlett, Bealeton, and Remington branches of BB and T Bank recently adopted the Bealeton Library as their Lighthouse Project, a company-wide community service effort to foster hope and encouragement during difficult economic times.

The donation includes $2,200 in funds to purchase books, magazines, equipment, and furnishings for the library, but it also includes bank staff volunteering at the library over the next year.

"BB and T’s generosity will benefit the Bealeton Library in so many ways,” says Bealeton Library Branch Manager Natalie Swart, “We are just delighted to have been selected as the recipient of this project.”

Among the donations are 25 books chosen from the library’s Amazon Wish List and subscriptions to several magazines for children and teens. Additional items needed by the library, such as a paper cutter, were also supplied.

Bank staff, after consulting with library staff, purchased an oak table and four chairs for the children’s area in the library. A digital camera to record library events and programs was purchased as was 12 posters of baby and parent animals complete with attractive frames. Seat squares for children to sit on during story times were sewn by bank staff in fabric that coordinates with existing library furnishings, and a handsome basket was purchased to hold the cushions when not in use.

Bank staff members are donating their expertise by presenting a financial literacy program for teens at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the Bealeton Library, and several have “adopted” shelves in the children’s and teen areas of the library. They have already begun the training required to straighten and “shelf read,” which is the process of ensuring library books and other items are on the shelves where they are supposed to be and in the correct order, and they will visit the library weekly to complete their assignments.

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