LEWISTON – The Dr. Paul Fortier Chapter 52, Association Canado-Americaine, will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, in the Senior Citizens Room of the Multi-Purpose Center.

Following the business meeting, there will be a brief presentation by Kathy Demers, coordinator of the BookReach child literacy program. Co-sponsored by the Twin Cities’ public libraries, the program promotes a readiness for learning and reading among toddlers and pre-school youngsters in the community via volunteer readers.

Each BookReach volunteer reader is matched with a licensed child care home in Lewiston or Auburn, which he or she visits, typically on a weekly basis, with a colorful assortment of children’s books provided by the libraries. After the volunteer shares a few of the stories with the children, the books are left behind for the tots to enjoy until the reader’s next visit, when he or she brings a new bag of books.

“No prior experience is needed to be a BookReach volunteer,” said Demers, “simply an interest in reading aloud and inspiring a love of literature in our community’s youngest citizens.”

Those interested in becoming a BookReach volunteer will have the opportunity to sign up at the ACA meeting that evening or may contact Demers at 784-0135, ext. 213. Retirees are particularly encouraged to become involved.

More information on the Association Canado-Americaine is available by calling ACA Chapter 52 President Gerard Legare at 783-0606. The upcoming meeting will also include refreshments and a time for socializing.


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