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Library garden to benefit from Rotary fundraiser

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In an effort to help complete the Reading Garden at Handley Regional Library in Winchester, the Winchester Rotary Club has selected the library as the 2013 partner of its Kaleidoscope fundraiser.

The Kaleidoscope fundraising event to benefit the garden is planned for March 23 at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club. Tickets are available at the library for $200, and a cash prize is $25,000.

When it opens later this year, the green space at Handley Library allotted for the garden will be formally named the Mike Foreman Rotary Reading Garden when it opens later this year, in recognition of former clerk of the Winchester Circuit Court, Michael Foreman and his service to Rotary and to the library. The garden has been under construction since last spring.

In coordination with the library's 100th anniversary this year, Rotary members aim to honor the history and service of the library and the people who have supported its mission, according to a press release from the library.

The goal of the garden project is to create a community green space to be used for children's programs and other events.

"We hope individuals will enjoy a spot to sit and read and relax," Library Director Trish Ridgeway said for the release. "Mike Foreman was such a strong supporter of all library programs, and the Handley Regional Library Board thought naming the garden after him would be a wonderful way to honor his support for the library and the community."

When the garden is completed the sculpture of Innocence, which has already been installed, will symbolize a good seat always available and a quiet friend with whom to read.
"Innocence" was a gift of Linda De Shong of Leesburg in memory of her mother, Grace Irene Donald Albright.

An earlier grant from Lowes of Winchester provided funding for the design work, grading and drainage, and some landscape plantings in the children's garden.

This is the 11th year of the Kaleidoscope partnerships with area service organizations. More than $500,000 has been raised for community projects since the program began in 2002. Rotary's motto is "service above self," the release says, and the Kaleidoscope program aims to demonstrate the ethic in ways that will shape the community for decades to come.

For more information, call Handley Regional Library at 540-662-9041.

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