donate-giveNewton, NC – The Catawba County Library is half way into this year’s Summer Learning Program which is themed, Build a Better World. All summer long, books, programs, and events are focusing on how every person can contribute to a better community and world. Beyond learning about it, the library is giving kids and adults real life opportunities to put the theme into action.

Throughout the month of July, the library is collecting donations for three different projects to help people locally and around the world.

The entire library system is partnering with the adoption and foster care division of Catawba County Department of Social Services to collect gently used luggage and duffel bags.

As foster children are moved, they often have to use a garbage bag to carry their items, so your donation will make a significant difference. Donations can be dropped off at any one of the Catawba County Library’s seven locations.

The Main Library in Newton and Maiden Branch Library are partnering with the United Way of Catawba County to Stuff the Bus with school supplies to ensure that students in all three of our school systems have the supplies they need in the coming school year.

Donations can be dropped off in collection barrels at either location. Suggested donations include paper, notebooks, pencils, pens, tissues, crayons, safety scissors, glue sticks and highlighters.

The Main Library in Newton is also partnering with Eye Make a Difference, a VSP Global Eyes of Hope program to build better global vision through an eyeglasses collection. Two billion people worldwide do not have access to much-needed eyewear due to income, distance, or disaster.

Your gently used prescription glasses or inexpensive reading glasses can give someone in need a new outlook on life. The collection box is located at the Reference Desk at the Main Library in Newton.

For the latest in library news, visit librarynews.catawbacountync.gov or stop by your local branch.