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“The Read to Feed campaign is something our young readers and families are really connecting with,” said Mayor Frank Ferry. “Our ballot boxes are filling up with votes for bees, chickens, and goats, and it's exciting to see so many of our youth excited about reading and helping others.”

At their weekly library visit, each participant will put a card in the vote-box for beehives, a goat, or a flock of chicks. At the end of the Summer Reading Program, the donated funds will be sent to Heifer International in the proportions reflecting the reading participants' votes. Heifer International then uses the money to help families build sustainable lives and become self-reliant.

Generous local donors have already contributed to the Santa Clarita Public Library Read to Feed Project, but additional funds are needed to make the program even more successful. Businesses and citizens interested in donating are encouraged to inquire with their local library branch.

Heifer International, a sustainable agricultural organization, has raised funds and provided on–site training for people in 50 countries for 65 years.

The Read to Feed program encourages reading skills, while teaching students how they can empower families around the world with the gift of livestock, heightening awareness that their actions are making a difference in the lives of others. For more information about the Santa Clarita Public Library's Read to Feed campaign, call Kelly Behle, youth service coordinator, at 661-259-8333.