The Brazil Public Library is preparing to help area students prepare for the upcoming school year. Public Services Supervisor Carol Rector hangs a poster to let library patrons know its time for "Project School Supply" begin Monday.
A student uses basic school supplies to write essays, do math problems and produce art projects, but not every student has what they need to complete their assignments or to learn.
In 1999, Project School Supply was developed by the Brazil Public Library as a way to help make sure every Clay County student has the necessary school supplies on the first day of class.
"It's really an impressive sight to see how much we collect," said Carol Rector, the library's public services supervisor. "We deliver a big box of supplies to every public school in the county before the first day of school. The supplies are distributed at the teachers' and principals' discretion, because they know where the most need is."
Patrons, members of the community, church groups and the Salvation Army have given generously in the past, but the construction project at the library facility (located at 204 N. Walnut St.) has staff members concerned that people will think the program is not available this year.
"There are still a few people who think that we're not open," Rector said. "We're here. We'll be at the annex (located at 203 N. Walnut St.) until the construction is completed on the new addition and we get moved back in."
Donations of pencils, colored pencils, crayons, pens, rulers, scissors, loose leaf paper, folders and spiral notebooks will be accepted at both branches of the library until August 31.
"The idea is, that while parents shop for supplies for their children, they'll pick up an extra notebook or package of pencils to donate," Rector said. "This is a way for our community to come together for a good cause, and help students learn."
The Brazil Public Library Annex is open 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays. The South Branch is open Mondays 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m.
For more information about the program, contact the Brazil Public Library Annex at 448-1981 or the South Branch at 939-2280.