|Jackie Chaney (left), Director of Putnam Libraries, acknowledges gift from Rotary President Mary Keely.|
A special gift from Putnam Rotary will be used to enhance the summer reading program in the Putnam library system, Director Jackie Chaney said today.
The "Happy Dollars" grant during the weekly luncheon meeting at Sleepy Hollow enables libraries to retain a schedule of popular events throughout the summer months.
Between 300 to 400 children show up every Tuesday for puppet shows (July 25th), Ronald McDonald (July 18th), and a Ron Sowell concert (June 20th).
"Over a hundred children with their parents came in for the stories and crafts program on July 4th, a time when many families are on vacation," Chaney told the group. (The program was actually on the following day since July 4th is a state holiday.)
The house was packed for the Mark Wood "Cowboy Magic" show today.
Curtain time is 1:00 o'clock, but many people show up when the doors open in the morning. "They want to get a parking space," Chaney explained.
The library system is funded in Putnam at a poverty level of $5 per resident per year. This corresponds to $25 per capita in Cabell County, and $35 in Kanawha.
In addition to a collection of 95,000 books, tapes, and video items in five centers, the library maintains 28 computer terminals through which 23 specialized databases and internet access are available to patrons.
Rotary bench at Putnam main library<
Conservative Putnam voters have failed to endorse a modest levy for the library system. The last levy call received 56 percent of the vote on May 9th, a primary election with low turnout -- 3,600 in favor, and 2,900 against. Sixty percent is required for passage.
Another levy call will be on the ballot for November when more of the 35,000 people who have library cards are expected to be voting. Until then the libraries will skimp along with bare essentials and limited staff on the generosity of patrons, businesses, and grants such as the one from Putnam Rotary.
In accepting the gift, Director Chaney also expressed appreciation for the courtesy bench placed at the Main library by Rotary last week.