Masons’ library donation buys 70 new books for children’s section
Children who completed summer reading program selected the new books
–A $1,000 donation to the Paso Robles City Library last summer from the Paso Robles Masonic Lodge 196 translated into over 70 brand new books for the children’s area of the library and lots of smiling faces during the library’s book selection celebration on Wednesday, March 16.
All children ages 2-to-12-year-olds who completed the summer reading program were entered to win a chance to participate in the celebration. After creating a personalized bookmark and meeting representatives from the Masons organization, the children had the opportunity to choose a new library book, purchased courtesy of the Masons. The book will be placed on the shelves of the Paso Robles Library with a special Masons book plate featuring the child’s name inside.
“The Masons’ Summer Reading Award is an important way for us to give back to our Paso Robles community,” said Thomas Irwin, master of the Thaddeus Sherman Lodge 196. “One of the missions of our organization is to focus on supporting literacy. What better way to do that than to reward these children for their reading accomplishments!”
Mayor Steve Martin welcomed the Masons to the celebration and congratulated the children for their accomplishment. Noting that they weren’t actually in the library, he told the group that it was OK to put their library voices aside for the moment and led them in a rousing cheer of “We love the library!”
“The Masons are wonderful supporters of literacy in our Paso Robles community, and we are thrilled to continue this partnership,” said Martin. “To personally select a book for the Paso Robles City Library collection is such a source of pride for our lucky winners who persevered to finish the summer reading program. The book, with their name inside, will stay in the library for many years to come and be a symbol of that accomplishment.”