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Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 1, 1998



Virt. Vineyard


Library receives donations for summer reading program

L’Observateur / July 1, 1998

The St. Charles Parish Library received over $2,000 in funds, merchandiseand services to support this year’s “Wild About Reading” summer reading program.

The list of 33 donors includes industrial plants, merchants, organizations and individuals, primarily from St. Charles Parish. Financial donations areprimarily applied toward the costs of performers and supplies for program events and activities, while donated goods and gift certificates are given out as prize items.

Delta Petroleum Co., located in St. Rose, tops this year’s list of financialdonors with their gift of $750. Although this is the first year they havesupported the summer reading program, Delta’s check accounted for over one-third of the financial gifts received. As a result, the library was ableto add four more program events to the already jam-packed calendar of activities for the summer.

The remainder of the $1,700 in financial gifts came from a variety of sources. From the industrial sector, the Shell Norco Refinery, UnionCarbide and Louisiana Gas continued their tradition of support, while Praxair became another first-time donor.

Local merchants who contributed were Holmes Food Marts, Louisiana Federal Credit Union, Guillory’s Body Shop and Daddy’s Fried Chicken, which were all repeat sponsors. Non-business monetary donations cameagain this year from Charles and Veda Jackson of Norco and the Friends of the St. Charles Library organization.In addition to funds, the library also received hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise and gift certificates. In this group, Bill’s Dollar Store inNorco is a generous and consistent contributor, giving over 200 water guns, stuffed animals and other toy items this year. McDonald’s and BurgerKing donated a combined total of 1,200 coupons that will be given in conjunction with reading incentive awards.

Other businesses donating items or services to be used as door prizes are the Audubon Zoo and Aquarium, Courtney’s Hallmark and Closet, Trey Wah Restaurant, Todd’s Cream Shack, the DARE office of the St. Charles ParishSheriff, Richard Owens DDS, Hal A. LeBlanc DDS, Sportsman’s SportingGoods, Louisiana Gas Service, Haydel Furniture, Julius A. PayneContractors, Just A Swingin’, Guardsmark, AMI Industrial and Marine Supply and A-1 Appliances.

Some door prizes also came from the personal contributions of Deborah Schexnayder, Rai and Gordon Lousteau, Deannie Duhon and Anita Hymel.

“We couldn’t offer the quality of programming that we have every summer without all support from the local community,” Sean George, library youth services coordinator, said.

George added that Phyllis Smith, Norco branch supervisor, is also vital to the process of contacting many regular and potential sponsors each year.

Anyone interested in supporting the library’s summer reading program in the future should contact George at the East Regional Branch in Destrehan at 764-2366, or Smith at the Norco branch at 764-6581.

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