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Work begins on book lending program

PORTERDALE -- City Councilwoman Arline Chapman is planning ahead for next summer in an effort to better prepare students for school.

Chapman announced at a recent City Council meeting that she had formed a plan to launch a free lending library for children for summer break 2011. She's asking that residents begin now to donate used or new children's books to the effort.

Chapman said she recently read an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that said that "children who have an opportunity to read over the summer or who are encouraged to read over the summer are better prepared for the next grade level."

Chapman, knowing that there is little in the way of children's activities in Porterdale, made a personal commitment to begin collecting books for an informal lending library for summer 2011. She said the library, which will be housed at Porterdale's restored depot, will be open every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until noon.

"Children can come and borrow books and bring them back the following week," she said.

She said that the library will be open to all children, not just Porterdale residents.

Chapman said book donation bins have been placed at Porterdale City Hall and at the Southern Heartland Gallery on the Square in Covington.

Chapman said she also plans to have a story time on library days and may even have an activity for the children.

"We'll have to see what age groups come," she said, adding that any age group is welcome. "It could be any age that you want to put a book in a child's hand."