We can't say enough good things about these businesses and organizations that support us. They give generously and altruistically.
Also, all of these donations were made at a local level, which tells you how awesome our community is. Simply put, Mentor Public Library is fortunate to be surrounded by businesses who care about lifelong learning and want to support their community.
They make all those cool prizes we give away during our summer readings programs possible. The toys for the kids -- them. The gift certificates for the teens and adults -- them too.
Let's be clear here, reading is its own reward; but it's nice to be able to give people something as an incentive to get started.
And, while the brevity of the average Facebook or Twitter post doesn't allow us to thank each donor individually, that is what they deserve. So, with your permission, I have some businesses and organizations I want to thank.
We had about two dozen sponsors who donated to our summer reading programs.
The Atlas Cinemas at Diamond Centre, the Chik-Fil-A at Great Lakes Mall, Great Harvest Bread, the Lake County Captains, McDonald's (specifically, Mandovi Enterprises,) the Simon Kidgets Club at Great Lakes Mall, Taco Bell, Yours Truly and All Occasions Limo all sponsored our children's summer reading program.
Fredon Corp., Gallery One Art Gallery, the Barnes & Noble in Mentor, Melt, Zoup!, Match Works Tavern, Rue21, Chop-It Salad Company, Tony Sacco's Coal Oven Pizza, Francesca's Collection and Tryst Salon and Spa sponsored our teen and adult summer reading programs.
Last but not least -- there's no "least" in lists like this -- the volunteers of The Friends of the Mentor Public Library continue to give us phenomenal support.
Each business and organization had its own reason for giving. Lindsay Murch of Melt said her first job was at the Mentor Public Library. Jamie Buzzanca of Zoup! said his kid has always used the library.
But, regardless of their reasons, each of their donations and sponsorships have one thing in common.
We couldn't do it without them!
P.S. We never lose sight of the fact that our biggest sponsor is all of you. We're so grateful for the support you provide us; and we do our best to make sure that, whatever it is you need, you can find it at the library.