Patron suggestion developed as Read for Charity

Supporting a holiday program for children doesn't get any easier for people who love to read.

A few weeks ago, the Pratt Public Library received a letter from one of its patrons, suggesting that the library host a program to encourage adults to read and find a sponsor willing to help a local charity. The writer commented that there are people in the community who want to help, but are not financially able to do so.

Library director Rochelle Westerhaus thought the idea sounded interesting, and contacted The Peoples Bank as a potential sponsor. The result is Read for Charity, for the benefit of RSVP's Angel Tree program that provides new clothing for Pratt County youngsters every holiday season.

The rules are simple:

• Adults may enroll any time before the program ends Nov. 30 by filling out a short form at the library.

• Check out books or audio books, read, return and fill out a tally form. To be eligible, materials must be checked out from the library. Electronic books do not qualify.

• Library staff will add up the hours and report total pages read to the bank.

The bank will donate $10 to the Angel Tree program for each 1,000 pages read.

"We're not asking them (patrons) to do anything they wouldn't already do," Westerhaus noted.

Bank employees are participating, compliance officer Kris Adelhardt said, and she encourages others in the community to sign up as well.

"We're excited about another way to help support our Angel Tree program," she said.