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Can't Read This?

You have the chance to give the gift of reading — to a senior whose eyesight is failing.

There are thousands of people in Woodbury and Washington County who can't read this blog — the print is too small. 

Besides, they're not super comfortable with computers. Many suffer from macular degeneration — and when their eyesight becomes bad enough, they can no longer read.

That's why there are large-print books for adults. But they're expensive. The typical large-print book costs the library twice as much as any other adult fiction or nonfiction book. The Washington County Library system simply doesn't have enough. And it doesn't have to be that way.

That's one of the reasons there is the "2012 in 2012" campaign. We intend to raise enough money to buy 2,012 books for our libraries this year. The most critical need are large print books for adults — and also children's books (40% of all the material checked out is for children and teens).

The Washington County Library Partners has raised $6,000 so far. (Thank you to all who have donated.) That will be matched, dollar for dollar, by a challenge grant. But the challenge grant runs out this coming Monday, September 30th.

Can you give the gift of reading to a senior?  Your gift is tax deductible — we are a 501(c)(3) charity. Visit our website at www.librarypartners.org or mail a check to Washington County Library Partners, PO Box 25434, Woodbury, MN 55125.  And I would be more than happy to talk with you about this (my cell is 651-338-0299). 

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