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Service 1st Supports Books for Babes Project


Service 1st Federal Credit Union recently presented a $500 donation to KSLA Susquehanna Valley to help fund their Books for Babes Project that donates approximately 1,000 books to area preschool children enrolled in early intervention programs. Photo (L-R): Colleen Phillips, Vice President Marketing, Service 1st Federal Credit Union; Mary Keiser, KSLA SV Treasurer; Kay Poeth, KSLAV SV Secretary and PR Chair; Janice Adair, KSLA SV Co-President; Ang Marcinek, KSLA SV Books For Babes Chairperson; Lisa Mertz, KSLA SV Co-President and Karen Wood, Chief Experience Officer, Service 1st Federal Credit Union.

(Danville, PA) – Service 1st Federal Credit Union recently presented Keystone State Literacy Association Susquehanna Valley (KSLA SV) with a $500 donation to be used for the organization’s annual Books for Babes program.

During the holiday season the Keystone State Literacy Association Susquehanna Valley helps to bring “book-love” to the area’s youngest children through its Books for Babes project. Children enrolled in Early Head Start, Northumberland Area Head Start, Pre K Counts, and Early Intervention Preschool Programs in Snyder, Union, Columbia, Northumberland, and Montour counties receive these books. The Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit partners in this project and provides envelopes, copying the parent tips, and distributing the books to the various classes. The purpose of the program is to encourage the families of these children to see the value of reading and books.

Co-President Janice Adair explained, “There is simply no substitute for reading aloud to children. Children who have been read to, have access to books, have meaningful conversations with adults and are more successful in school.”

“We are proud to support the Books for Babes program,” said Bill Lavage, President/CEO, Service 1st.  “Every child benefits by having someone read to them.”

Ann Marcinek, Books for Babes chairperson, was thrilled with the donation. “Our Books for Babes program is a gift from the heart! Those of us who participate in this program ‘love’ to read and ‘love’ children,” said Marcinek. “We hope to spread the love of reading to these young children across our region. We send a heartfelt thank you to Service 1st Federal Credit Union for their generous donation. Without support from groups like them we could not continue this worthy cause.” 

Keystone State Literacy Association Susquehanna Valley is a local non-profit, volunteer organization whose goals are to develop literacy, provide instructional leadership, support professional development, and advocate literacy issues. Anyone interested, can make a donation to the Books for Babes project. Checks should be made payable to KSLA Susquehanna Valley and mailed to: Mary Keiser at 414 Green Street, Mifflinburg PA 17844.

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