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LA HABRA : Librarian Turning Applesauce to Books

Elke Schreiner, children’s librarian in La Habra, has a plan for getting children involved with their library.

Starting in September, children and other patrons will be able to help the public library obtain free books as they participate in a national program run by Mott’s, the apple juice and applesauce makers. Every Mott’s proof of purchase turned in to the library will be worth 25 cents toward the purchase of a new book.

Schreiner said she thinks that children will be enthusiastic participants. “Kids are basically the ones that eat all that applesauce,” she said.

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Children who help out will get stickers from Schreiner. “Or just a hug,” said the librarian, who plans to allot all the donated money to buy children’s books.

Schreiner has placed a big green box on the reference desk to collect the proofs of purchase. The proofs of purchase will be collected during the library’s open hours.

La Habra and Los Alamitos-Rossmoor are the only branches of the Orange County Public Library System that will be participating in the program.


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