Pathfinder Library receives grant; innovations planned

LAKE COUNTY — Baldwin’s Pathfinder Community Library is pleased to announce that they have just been awarded a grant of $4,500 from the General Mills Foundation in Reed City. The funds are slated for use in the “Children’s Library Enhancement Program” and will benefit the kids’ and teens’ area of the facility.

Pathfinder staff members are obviously delighted with this exciting donation, which was the result of tireless efforts by Marty Corson, who wrote the grant proposal. Also instrumental were General Mills plant manager Jon Woodworth and board member Kathy Oostmeyer, who with board president Nancy Vandenberge “got the ball rolling” and supported the project until it became a reality.

Everyone connected with the Pathfinder is very grateful and enthusiastic. “People are going to see some terrific new improvements,” says librarian Bonnie Povilaitis. “We have several great ideas for equipment that children and young adults will find very helpful as well as a lot of fun.”

Among the planned new purchases will be a children’s computer table with four chairs and headphones, (to go with the children’s computers that the Pathfinder already has), a beautiful new area rug designed to illustrate the theme “Hands Across the World,” two rocking chairs, (one kid-sized and one for an adult), a “Sea-Life” play-cube for pre-schoolers, and three Wii bundles for play and exercise, plus new DVD’s, including some of the popular “Zumba” fitness programs.

The General Mills Foundation delegation made an official presentation of the grant check.

The grant will help the Pathfinder continue in its efforts to serve the Lake County community.