Victor-Farmington Rotary Club and Victor Farmington Library recently initiated a new program that makes previously owned books available to individuals and organizations in the Rochester and the Finger Lakes regions in an effort to advance literacy.
The library accepts donations of gently used books throughout the year. Most of the books in the past were put in the book sale. Since the library lacks storage space for these books, it has looked to other areas of need in the community for the books. Many of these books are redistributed soon after the library receives them. The book sale continues to generate revenues for the library, but the opportunity to share materials in other ways continues to increase.
By combining its resources of donated books from the library with the Rotary Club’s institutional contacts, the program will provide a mechanism for an efficient distribution of books at no cost.
The project was implemented in February when over 300 books were presented to the Salvation Army of Greater Rochester. Robert Barlow, media and community relations manager for the Salvation Army in the Rochester/Finger Lakes area, received the books at Victor Farmington Library from community services librarian Timothy Niver and Rotarian John Rugg. Each book had an inner label indicating the book was donated by Victor Farmington Library and Victor-Farmington Rotary Club.
The initial book delivery will go to the facility operated by the Northwest Corps of the Salvation Army in Rochester. This location operates an extended day care program for single parent mothers and children.
In Rotary news, its members continued their tradition of including fun and social activities with Rotary service projects. A group of Rotarians recently attended the performance of the Monsignor Schnacky Community Players production of “USO: Show to Go.” The comedy was similar to the Bob Hope USO shows mixed in with a flavor of TV comedy during World War II. MSCP features a large and diverse number of local people, including several Rotarians. A pre-theater pizza party for club members was held before the performance at St. Catherine’s Church Hall in Mendon. Club member Bruce Chapman appeared as the sergeant in the play, Bloomfield Rotarian Don Cicchino wrote the script and played the role of “Kommandant,” and Bloomfield Travis Piper played the role of Bob Hope.