The Canastota Rotary Club has begun an ongoing initiative to collect "Books for the World," a Rotary International project.
"We are collecting children's textbooks, picture books, new or used in good condition," said Meg Kolodzie, chair of the project.
Collected books are placed in special shipping cartons and warehoused at Rick's Rags. After 24 cartons are collected and placed on a pallet, a truck arrives and the pallet of books is shipped to a Texas facility.
"From there the books are shipped to South Africa where they are in great need," Kolodzie said.
"You know how many people throw books away?" Kolodzie said. "People are spring cleaning or the kids have left home. Now is the time to donate those unwanted books."
Kolodzie asked that any donated encyclopedias be five years old or newer.
A drop box has been placed on the porch at Elderhaven, 309 S. Peterboro St. and at the Canastota Public Library on Center Street.
Canal clean up
Members of the Canastota Rotary Club will clean up Canastota Creek on Saturday April 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Members will take different sections of the creek. Rotary will supply the bags.
Anyone wishing to help can meet at Zem's Ice Cream on Main Street at 9 a.m. It is suggested to dress for the weather and bring gloves and tools.
Rotary looks to expand park
At the village board meeting held April 6, Mayor Todd Rouse read a letter asking the village's cooperation in expanding Rotary Park to create a flower garden.
In conjunction with Liberty Resources and Rotary International the proposed garden with expand to Commerce Street. Rotary would oversea the plants, Liberty staff would supply the equipment and site plan. The flowers would be harvested for local senior citizens. The others would be left for the community to enjoy.