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New Children's Summer Reading Program Fund Started


Lynne (Oberlander) Walters reads a book to her grandson, North. - Photo by Kevin May, kevinmay.comTHE BERNICE L. OBERLANDER / LYNNE R. WALTERS LIBRARY CHILDREN'S SUMMER READING FUND

As the Morton Public Library celebrated the 30th Anniversary of their current library facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony, Tuesday, March 27, 4:30pm... the Morton Community Foundation's Executive Director, Scott Witzig, announced the establishment of the new Bernice L. Oberlander/Lynne R. Walters Library Children's Summer Reading Endowment Fund.

The fund was established with a generous donation from Mr. and Mrs. Dan & Lynne Walters. Lynne's mother, Bernice Oberlander, was a member of the Library Board for 32 years, and served as President for 28 of those years.

Fifty years ago, when Lynne was in Junior High School, her mother asked her to help develop a new summer reading program. So, Lynne went to the store, bought some poster board and stickers and created the first summer reading program. A handful of youngsters signed up that first summer.

In 2011, the Summer Reading Program had over 900 registered students, working hard to read the required number of books in order to receive the year-end reward of being able to attend the Library's annual Summer Reading Program Swim Party at the Morton Public Swimming Pool.

Dan and Lynne Walters wanted to do something permanent that would ensure this wonderful program would continue for generations to come. So, they approached Scott Witzig at the Morton Community Foundation to see how they could set up an endowed fund that would provide annual grants to the Morton Public Library in an amount that would cover the costs of the Summer Reading program.

The Walters' had a dream... The Morton Community Foundation was able to turn that dream into a permanent legacy. That makes a great story.