What is Gift of Literacy?
 
Gift of Literacy is a program that encourages a love of reading among young children. Through the support of the Mt. Bachelor Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Bend in partnership with the Bend-La Pine School District, SMART and the Deschutes Public Library first-graders 6 Bend-La Pine Schools participate in an enriching six-month literacy program.
 
About Us
Gift of Literacy aims to encourage first-graders to enjoy and be excited about reading and learning by:
•    Exposing them to a variety of books: Each student reads up to nine carefully selected titles throughout the year.
•    Empowering them with a choice: Each student chooses his or her favorite title and receives a hardbound copy of the book at the annual celebration.
•    Connecting them with the library: Students receive their own Deschutes Public Library cards.
•    Providing them with an exciting event: All the first-graders go to a celebration where they meet their favorite characters.
•    Reinforcing the importance and enjoyment of reading: Students are split into small groups and read to by community members at the celebration.