HALLOWELL — Crossroads Youth Center recently announced they received a $2,500 grant from the Maine Community Foundation to develop a story time. The new program, Tale Time, will be held at 10 a.m. the second Saturday of each month at Hubbard Free Library for children ages 4-7.

Tale Time was developed and is facilitated by 10-year-old Abbey Gifford, a Hall-Dale Elementary School student and a recent recipient of the Presidential Award for volunteering. Her love of books and reading inspired her to want to share her passion for literacy and to give back to her community by volunteering. She hopes to inspire kids to get excited about the adventures reading can offer, according to a news release from the library.

The story time includes Abbey reading a story, facilitating a craft, and a snack time. This grant allows for special guests, such as childrens’ authors, Chewonki and L.C. Bates presentations. In addition, the Hallowell Fire Department will hold a fire safety presentation with a tour of a fire truck for the children.

“We are so excited to receive this generous grant,” Deb Landry, executive director of Crossroads said in the release. “This allows us to access the resources necessary to develop the project and our mission to invest in Maine youth, like Abbey. Her personal quest for community service and passion for reading is a model to inspire other youth to volunteer.”

For more information and a schedule visit www.cycsaco.org.

Crossroads Youth Center is a 501c3 charitable organization whose mission is to raise resilient children, youth, and teens by providing innovative programs that serve Maine youth to envision and navigate a course for a rewarding future that is characterized by achievement, independent thought, and social responsibility through education, mentoring and volunteering.

With offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the foundation visit www.mainecf.org.

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