Children at the North Wales Area Library story hour Tuesday clapped and cheered as the soft and cute Univest eaglet mascots “Buck “and “Penny” entered the room.the mascots were on hand, along with Univest Corp. President K. Leon Moyer, Annette Szygiel, executive vice president and chief experience officer and Vice President Andrew Landis to present a $5,000 check to Jayne Blackledge, library director.“They have been very, very generous,” said Blackledge. “we were able to buy a lot of new books.” so far, the library purchased 62 preschool books and 70 books for older children. “We’re still continuing to buy books,” she added.the gift to the library is part of the bank’s “Committed to Local” program to partner with nonprofit organizations that focus on educating young people and promoting good health. As of June 30, Univest donated $234,000 to 63 organizations.
Moyer sat on the floor to talk with the children, ages 2 to 6, and their parents, asking them if they like to read and explaining that he reads to his four grandchildren.“Read early and save early,” he advised the children.Szygiel read one of the new books, a picture book titled “at the Boardwalk,” by Kelly Ramsdell Fineman, to the children. Blackledge followed up with two more beach-related books and singing songs and dancing with the children.“I think it’s fabulous,” said Stacy Staudenmeier, of Doylestown, who was at the library with her daughter, Lauren, 3, about the bank’s donation. Staudenmeier’s parents live in North Wales. “the library can use all the help it can get in these times,” she said. “It’s a great story hour and I like that they got involved.”Amy Chermela, of Lansdale, was at the story hour with her 5-year-old twins and 3-year-old son in tow.“I think it’s great that local companies donate to the library,” Chermela said. “We’re here once a week in the summer.” Her children “love to come.” Continued…
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