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Waurika library continues to grow with new grant

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WAURIKA, Okla._The Waurika Public Library's summer program is about to get even better thanks to a huge grant they were awarded just last month.

Every day, children are given a set of books to read, lunch, and come the weekend…homework.

"I love it because I love reading stories to myself. And I love that sometimes they'll bring in animals and we get to make fun projects," said Rylee, one of the children in the program.

Waurika library's summer reading program has grown more popular over the years. While the children are only at the library from 10:00 a.m. until noon, they are still able to cover a lot of educational material which allows them to continue to learn while on summer break.

"We're encouraging them to check out books. We're encouraging them to read the books. We have what we call library store on Friday, and they get prizes and incentives for reading,” said Chief Librarian Amy Watkins.

And now it's about to get even better. The library was awarded a $5,000 grant. The grant money will be used to help expand the library's technology. The grant was awarded from the General Federation of Women's Clubs, a community service non-profit. But it didn't come easy; they had to submit information that was two years in the making.

"It's a scrapbook. You have to tell how you get the funding, then how you advertise it. And that's all they had to judge from," explained Rinda Griffin, a club member.

After the scrapbook won the state championship, Griffin and another member stepped in and flew it to Arizona for nationals. Besides winning the grant, the scrapbook is now going to be archived in a museum in Washington D.C.

Waurika Public Library has also received grants from the Comanche Masonic Lodge and Cotton Electric.

 

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