LEWISTON – The Auburn-Lewiston Rotary Club recently donated $500 to help the children who are served by the BookReach Early Childhood Literacy Program of the Lewiston and Auburn Public Libraries.

BookReach is designed to regularly bring a library story time experience to preschool children in home-based child cares of Lewiston and Auburn. A volunteer reader brings a bag of picture books to read aloud. The bag is left at the home until the reader’s next visit.

The program hopes to familiarize the children with good literature and to foster their enthusiasm for regular reading in order to raise their aspirations and enhance their lifelong learning.

There are 900 BookReach books (10 books in each of 90 bags) circulating. They are used weekly, all year, by young children and about 40 child care providers.

Program Coordinator Kathleen Demers said she is grateful for the donation from the Rotary Club. “It will most directly benefit the children we serve by allowing us to purchase brand new books to replace several of our worn, much-loved’ ones,” she said.

A specially-designed bookplate noting Rotary Club’s donation will be placed in each book that is purchased.