The Lake Villa District Library is offering children and teens the opportunity to make a difference in their community just by reading in January.
In what has become an annual tradition, area youth will be reading for charity as part of the library's Winter Reading Program.
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Kids participating in the program will track how many minutes they read in January using a special reading log. Based on the total number of minutes logged, the library will donate up to $5 per participant to the Lake Villa Township Food Pantry, which provides food support to local residents in need.
"We all know individuals affected by today's financial struggles, and we can feel powerless to help in the overwhelming face of need. Combining our efforts -- and pennies -- can make the difference for children and families here in our own neighborhood," said Kerry Reed, head of the library's Youth Services.
"As a community institution, I feel that it's important to demonstrate to children the importance of charity, while making it easy for them to help others."
If patrons (of all ages) would like to contribute further, the library will accept monetary donations and forward them to the Lake Villa Township Food Pantry. See staff at one of the reference desks for more information.
The Winter Reading Program runs through Jan. 28. Participation is open to youth in preschool through 12th grade. Children who are not yet reading, but who are being read to by others, are also encouraged to take part. To find out more, visit the reference desk or call (847) 356-7711.
The Lake Villa District Library is at 1001 E. Grand Ave. in Lake Villa.