Beverly Williams with some of the students and staff at the Gandaki Public Boarding School in Kathmandu

Local organization supporting literacy in Nepal

A local organization is making waves in the world of international literacy this week

A local organization is making waves in the world of international literacy this week as they donated a number of books to a boarding school in Nepal.

The Friends of the Sylvan Lake Library, assisted by Sylvan Lake Library staff, put together a large number of books that were donated to the Gandaki Public Boarding School in Kathmandu,Nepal. Along with a large bag of school supplies donated by Rob Reelie of Red Deer, Beverly Williams, also of Red Deer, transported the books to the school on Monday, April 18th.

Williams took the books and supplies with her as luggage on the plane so there would be no shipping charges.

The Gandaki School where the books will now be housed was one of the locations that sheltered people during the earthquake in Nepal last April. Williams herself was in Nepal at the time of the earthquake.

The school is one in Kathmandu provides English language education as a major portion of its curriculum.

Chair of the Friends of Sylvan Lake Library Committee, Peter Mielke, explained they were proud to be able to support not only literacy in their hometown, but also on an international scale.

“Reading is important, no matter where you are in the world,” said Mielke. “To be able to provide books to students who may not have access to them otherwise and to be able to provide that opportunity is welcome.”

The Friends of the Sylvan Lake Library are currently accepting book donations for their annual book sale on Saturday June 11th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Funds from the annual sale will go towards unbudgeted costs the Library may incur. In past years the funds were used to purchase additional furnishings following renovations. Book donations may be dropped of at theLibrary any day before the sale.

The committee also wished to extend the opportunity for volunteers to become involved with the book sale. Volunteers may contact Gail at 403 887 5688. In addition, Friends of the SylvanLibrary are always welcome to new members. Those wishing to be involved may contact Peter at 403 887 3226.


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