DAR donation boosts kids library


by: SUSAN MATHENY - Enjoying the new books are Olivia Symons, left, Joel Kwiecien, DAR member Lorelee Dendauw in front, Kids Club employee Candace Coon, Kids Club Director Joe McHaney, Grayson Sumons in front, Yissel Segura and Jazmine Serrano.The Madras Kids Club recently got a boost to its small reading library through a donation from the Juniper Butte Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Kids Club employee Candace Coom said they watched sales and got some really good deals with the group’s $100 donation. Included were club member favorites of “Splat the Cat,” a Beverly Cleary collection, Judy Moody chapter books, Judy Blume books, “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, and more.

“We were book poor before,” Coom said, adding that book donations from a teacher, the county library, and now DAR have really helped.

The books are used during the club’s Brain Domain time when kids get help with homework, or can sit and read or do puzzles.

“We’re always looking to build our library. We started basically with nothing and now have around 500,” said club Director Joe McHaney.

DAR club member Lorelee Dendauw said the donation was part of the national society’s effort to promote literacy, which began in 1989.

The group seeks to partner with others in the community who are working to promote literacy, focusing on future readers, and making books accessible to children who may not have books at home.