Children’s Librarian Joanne Pariseau reading at the Dailey Library in Derby.

Dailey Memorial Library awarded grant for new children’s reading supplies

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DERBY — The Dailey Memorial Library in Derby will be able to get new reading supplies for young children thanks to a grant from the Vermont Electric Cooperative’s Community Fund.

The grant provided $750 in funding for the purchase of special books and storytelling kits to help the library’s children’s librarian, for both library use and visits to local childcare facilities.

The books and kits will be used for storytime sessions, and they will also be available to check out.

Families can bring them home so parents can work with their children on literacy activities, and daycare facilities can also borrow and utilize them with their preschoolers.

“This exciting project will be paramount in building children’s literacy in our community, thereby increasing the chances of success in school and ultimately in life,” said Maureen Badger, the library’s director.

The Community Fund is a voluntary program supported by VEC members who choose to round up their electric bills, donate their patronage capital dollars, or make one-time donations to the fund.

The fund then makes grants to local organizations that support economic security, energy education, emergency and disaster relief, and community development.

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