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Umpqua Literacy Council Honors Community Groups

Recently Umpqua Literacy Council and Mid-Valley Literacy Chapter recently honored community groups with the International Literacy Association’s “Celebrate Literacy Award”.

Sutherlin Library Foundation and the Douglas County Sutherlin Advisory Board were honored by the Umpqua Literacy Council for keeping the Sutherlin Library open when the rest of the county libraries were closed because of lack of funding. Sylvia Monas, Nancy Anderson, Pat Lynch, Gwen Best, and Rick Troxell were all instrumental in various ways. The ULC presented certificates and provided treats at a recent meeting of the Library Foundation.

Mid-Valley Literacy Chapter honored the Chintimini Kennel Club for the annual generous donation of money to purchase books to be given out at the MLC’s Dr. Seuss day at Heritage Mall. One might not think that a group of dog owners would be interested in children’s literacy, but many of the club members also have dogs that participate often in the READ program (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) in many community schools and the library. The Kennel Club has generously funded all the books given away at the community event at the mall.

Congratulations to both groups for their contributions to literacy.

Honorees from Sutherlin receive their awards from Umpqua Literacy Council'’s Gail Francis-Jackson and Joy Malone