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Burdett library receives $900
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BURDETT — The Burdett Community Library has received a $900 award from the Midwest Energy Community Funds.  
The funds will be used to purchase new and gently-used reading material for young readers.  More than 180 organizations submitted applications for the awards.
A need for good, quality literature was determined after last summer’s successful reading program by Ann Smith, reading specialist.  
“The increased interest and participation of young readers initiated the discussion of obtaining better, quality children’s literature,” Smith said.
To make the best of the monetary gift, Mrs. Smith has already been on the search for children’s literature from used-book stores and online.
“We began this process after taking a serious look at the interest of the children in our summer reading program,” said Brian McVay, grant writer for the project. “Improving the selection of literature became our first priority.”
The Midwest Energy Community Fund was created in 2005.  Five committees of Midwest Energy customers determine who receives the awards ranging from $50 to $1,000.  
The committees con direct the funds to activities that focus on youth, arts, education, libraries, community events or other priorities they choose.
The Midwest Community Fund awards grants twice a year, applications deadlines are March 1 and Sept. 1.  Applications are being accepted mow for disbursements in the spring of 2013.
Any organization requesting donations should contact their local Midwest Energy office, or log on to for more information.