On behalf of the Grow a Library Committee and CODE, I am pleased to announce that APLA has adopted the Wondo Genet Reading Room in Ethiopia, South Nations & Nationalities Peoples.

It is the only library in a farming community of 15, 000 and it serves 3 primary schools. Through our fundraising we will be giving them local language and English reading materials and providing professional training to teacher-librarians. We are all familiar with the idea behind CODE:  "If you can read and write, you can learn to do, and be, anything."  I am excited to be raising funds for this very deserving library and the community it serves.

Make an easy-to-keep New Year's resolution to donate $10, $20 or $50 to this worthy cause in honour of a birthday or anniversary!

If your group would like to fundraise, please let us know! The Grow a Library Committee is always looking for new and fun ideas to raise money for "our" library.

In fact, we are looking for people to serve on the committee, so if you'd like to join our enthusiastic and creative bunch, please let us know that too! The more the merrier, especially when it comes to ideas for raising money.

Look for the Grow a Library link on the APLA website which will take you to a brief description of the library and CODE and then click on the "Donate now" button to make a donation!

Thank you and Happy New Year!

Sarah J. Gladwell
APLA  Past President
Reference Librarian/Bibliothécaire de référence
Saint John Free Public Library/Bibliothèque publique de Saint John
1 Market Square
Saint John, NB E2L 4Z6
(506) 643-7224
(506) 643-7225
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