The Chillicothe Rotary Club, with assistance from a grant from Rotary District 6040 recently donated 130 paperback books to Patricia Howard's preschool class at Garrison School. Mrs. Howard plans to have the books available for children to take home for their parents to read with them. The local club contributed $250 and the District Rotary Foundation contributed $250.

In addition to the paperback books, Rotary members have sponsored over 60 hardback books that will be added to the Garrison School library. The hardback books will be presented at a later date. The project is being coordinated by Livingston County Library Director Robin Westphal, who will be purchasing the titles on behalf of Rotary. "This project is near and dear to my heart," Westphal remarked. "It's been a lot of fun to work with Mrs. Howard and Rotarians to promote reading."

Rotary members will also be reading to students and helping with straightening and organizing the library at Garrison on a regular basis.

"The Chillicothe Rotary Club is thrilled to be involved with a project that promotes early childhood literacy in our community," stated Rotary President Julie McCoy. "When we delivered the paperback books, the kids were so excited and couldn't wait to have some of the new books read to them."

"Rotary members have really stepped up by sponsoring books and wanting to read to the kids," McCoy continued.

The Chillicothe Rotary Club has over 80 members and sponsors both local and international projects, for more information about the Club, please contact Julie McCoy at 660-752-3128.