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The  Bright Futures for Youth/The Friendship Club’s Library bookshelves have new additions thanks to a recent donation from the American Association of University Women Nevada County Branch (AAUW NCB) Mostly Fiction Book Discussion Group. The group donated more than 30 books and $250 in gift certificates for books specially chosen for The Friendship Club girls between ages 10 and 18.  Among the books selected are A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo.

(From left to right) AAUW Mostly Fiction Book Discussion Group Leader Robin Laverty-Reves delivers books and gift certificates to Bright Futures for Youth Organization Assistant Emma Woods and Youth Development Coordinator Cassidy Cecil. Photo credit: Bernadette Sylvester

“Our Mostly Fiction Book Discussion Group members decided to purchase books for girls supported by Bright Futures for Youth in lieu of our usual members book gift exchange,” explains  Robin Laverty-Reves, AAUW NCB Book Group leader. “We had a tremendous response from members.  We appreciated the opportunity to share our love of reading and provide books that can open up new worlds and possibilities for these girls.”

The Friendship Club serves more than 100 girls and young women every year, providing year-round academic, social and emotional support in individual and group settings. The organization also ensures they have basic needs, such as access to health care, counseling and healthy means.

“The donated books and the gift certificates for more books are greatly appreciated, and helps with our never-ending effort to emphasize the importance and power of reading.” said Jennifer Singer, Executive Director of Bright Futures for Youth, the parent organization of The Friendship Club. “Reading is critical in so many ways, from developing and improving language and writing skills to learning new things about the world.”

For more than 75 years, the AAUW Nevada County Branch has been striving to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.  For more information: https://nevadacounty-ca.aauw.net/ or call 530-470-9395.