Olivia Klumpp is just six and a half – a first-grader at Edgewood Elementary in Yardley. But she loves to read, especially Nancy Drew mysteries.
This summer, Olivia participated in the Bucks County Library’s Summer Reading Program, Dig into Reading, going to her local Yardley-Makefield branch every week to report how many minutes she had read and been read to at home, to return her books and get more. She also attended all the special programs and activities that she could.
And at the program’s final party in August, Barbara Beans, Fleet Group manager, pulled the slip with Olivia’s name out of a bin filled with hundreds upon hundreds of entries. This gave Olivia the grand prize: a family vacation at Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos, a themed indoor water park adventure with all the accommodations and amenities.
Budget cuts to the libraries had eliminated the popular summer reading initiative that keeps kids on track over the months when school isn’t in session. But for the second year, a $50,000 Pennsylvania EITC grant – Educational Improvement Tax Credit – from Fred Beans Automotive Group has allowed it to continue, bigger and better than ever. The program serves as many as 40,000 children throughout the county at 18 branch and community libraries within the “BucksLib” system.
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