Briefs: Local Elks raise $17K for disabled; reading clubs for all ages at library

Alexis Booth, 18, of Ramona, one of the many youths who will

More than $3 million has been contributed this year by members
of the Elks lodges throughout California and Hawaii to be used in
treating children with disabilities. The local chapter, Gilroy
Lodge No. 1567, contributed $17,061.
Local Elks raise $17K for disabled

More than $3 million has been contributed this year by members of the Elks lodges throughout California and Hawaii to be used in treating children with disabilities. The local chapter, Gilroy Lodge No. 1567, contributed $17,061.

“We are pleased and proud that members of our local Elks Lodge were so generous with their dollars and time in this important undertaking,” Gilroy Elks Exalted Ruler Phil Quast said.

Since 1950, the 92,000 members from throughout California and Hawaii have raised more than $94.5 million for the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, which administers the nonprofit arm of the club. All of the funds are devoted to providing vision screening and therapy treatment to children with a broad range of disabilities.

The year-long fundraising campaign was capped by a ceremony at the annual Elks Convention, where representatives of lodges from California and Hawaii presented their donations.

Library events for kids

Children can sign up for the Summer Reading Club at the Gilroy Library information desk, 7652 Monterey St.

There also will be events from 3 to 4 p.m. each Thursday for school-age children:

June 24 – Learn about dolphins, whales and sharks

July 1 – Learn songs to sing when playing on the beach

July 8 – Make a jellyfish finger puppet

July 15 – Make a paper folded boat

July 22 – Become a water scientist

July 29 – Discover the amazing worlds of otters and penguins

Aug. 5 – Watch Bill Nye on DVD explain our watery world

Aug. 12 – The Gilroy Library puppeteers will give a show

Details: 842-8207 or www.santaclaracountylib.org/gilroy.

Library events for teens

Teens, ages 13 to 19, receive a free book and Summer Reading Club folder when they sign up for the club at the Gilroy Library, 7652 Monterey St. Teens who read or listen to at least five books can join our ice cream social and have the chance to win prizes. This year’s theme for teens is Make Waves at Your Library. There will be events each week:

5 p.m. June 17 – Wii gaming session

5 p.m. June 24 – Learn papercraft and origami

5 p.m. July 1 – Make your own pins to wear

5 p.m. July 8 – Make a purse or man satchel out of a book

5 p.m. July 15 – Free makeup tips and samples

2:30 p.m. July 31 – Book discussion of “Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

2:30 p.m. Aug. 7 – Ice cream social.

Details: 842-8207 or www.santaclaracountylib.org/gilroy.

Library events for adults

Adults receive a free book bag when they sign up online or at the Gilroy Library information desk, 7652 Monterey St., for the summer reading club. Review five books by Aug. 31 to enter the grand prize drawing. This year’s theme for the adult monthly Book Discussion Group is Water Your Mind at Your Library:

7:30 p.m. June 29 – “The Last Queen” by C.W. Gortner

7:30 p.m. July 27 – “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer

7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 – “A Painted House” by John Grisham.

Adults can also play library bingo and win a flashlight key ring.

Details: 842-8207 or www.santaclaracountylib.org/gilroy.

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