HALLOWELL — Crossroads Youth Center has announced that it is the recipient of a $2,500 grant from the Maine Community Foundation to develop a story time. The new program, Tale Time, is for children ages 4 through 7 and will be held at 10 a.m. the second Saturday of each month at Hubbard Free Library.

Tale Time was developed and is facilitated by 10-year-old Abbey Gifford, a student at Hall-Dale Elementary School and a recent recipient of the Presidential Award for Volunteering. Her love of books and reading inspired her to want to share her passion for literacy and to give back to her community by volunteering. She hopes to inspire kids to get excited about the adventures reading can offer.

The story time includes Abbey reading a story, facilitating a craft and a snack time. The grant allows for special guests, such as children’s authors, Chewonki and LC Bates presentations. In addition, the Hallowell Fire Department will hold a fire safety presentation with a tour of a fire truck for the children.

Crossroads Youth Center is a 501c3 charitable organization whose mission is to raise resilient children, youth and teens by providing innovative programs that serve Maine youth to envision and navigate a course for a future that is characterized by achievement, independent thought and social responsibility through education, mentoring and volunteering. For more information and a schedule, go to www.cycsaco.org.

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