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Friday Memorial Library program raises over $1,400 for community charities

Pictured are (from left) Jennifer Rickard, Marie Gremore, Bev Peirson and Nora Allen. The Reading for Charity program raised $399 for the Heritage Center this summer. Submitted photo1 / 3
Pictured are Katy Neitzke, Sheri Soderquist, Patty Burke, Britta Kingwill, Jill Lyksett, Jennifer Rickard, Vickie Olson, Kellie Burch and Joan Simpson. The Reading for Charity program raised $750 for the GAP Fund this summer. Submitted photo2 / 3
Pictured are Nora Allen, Paula Meisner, Jennifer Rickard, Nina DeKock, Barb Peterson, Jerri Rang, Maureen Kilian and Heather McAbee. The Reading for Charity Program raised $335 for the New Richmond Fine Arts Council this summer. Submitted photo3 / 3

The Reading for Charity program began in 2017 as a part of the Teen Summer Reading Program at the Friday Memorial Library. The program challenged teens to read and support their peers through the New Richmond School District Gap Fund. For each book read, $1 was donated to the Gap Fund.

This year, the library extended the program to its Adult Summer Reading Program, as well, and gave participants a choice of where their donation went. Readers could choose: The Heritage Center, New Richmond Fine Arts Council and The Gap Fund. The response from patrons was so great that the library met its donation goals well before the end of the summer.

The community raised $335 for New Richmond Fine Arts Council, $399 for The Heritage Center and $750 for The Gap Fund.

"And of course we want to thank all of our readers, since we couldn't have done it without you. We appreciate the support of the community in our endeavor to promote literacy," said assistant librarian Britta Kingwill.