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Friends of the Florence Library promotes programs in the county

Kiera Sullivan places books on a Florence County School District bus as part of the Books on the Bus program.

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Books on the Bus program at the Florence County School District is alive and well.

The Books on the Bus was started in 2016 by the Friends of the Florence Public Library. It was through generous donations by the 100-Plus Women Who Care that enabled the program to begin and continue this school year.

Once a month from September through May, National Honor Society students from the high school rotate books through the district’s seven buses. Rotating books each month allows students from 4-year-old kindergarten through fifth grade to have a new selection of materials to read as they travel to and from school.

Eight special seat covers are located in each bus with pockets to allow for placement of reading material.

Autumn Lambert, NHS advisor, works with the students who have volunteered to help with the program.

Five Little Free Libraries around Florence County have also been supported by the donations received from the 100-Plus Women.

Friends of the Library members add new books each month at the small libraries at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Aurora; Fence Post, Fence; Tipler Town Hall; Long Lake Store; and the Florence Community Center Park.

Funds are used to purchase books for both BOB and LFLs. Gently used books donated by the community has helped to allow this program to continue for six years.

Books can be dropped off at the public library and the Florence County Elementary School.

The Friends of the Florence Library thanks 100-Plus Women Who Care organization and the community for supporting both of these programs.

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