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GAB: G-Braves award December grant

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett Braves have awarded a $1,000 grant for the month of December to the Friends of Gwinnett County Public Library, West Gwinnett Chapter.

The "Season of Giving" themed grant, aimed at organizations that benefit youth and education programming, will help fund the GCPL's Prime Time Family Reading Time, a literary program for children and their families.

To be presented in 2013 by the Norcross and Lilburn branches of the GCPL, the Prime Time Family Reading Program supports intergenerational literacy and family bonding for 35 at-risk, bilingual families in Norcross.

Prime Time emphasizes the importance of families reading together to discuss significant cultural and ethical themes. The six-week humanities-based program includes reading, discussion and storytelling.

The grant money will be used by the GCPL to purchase 30 to 40 Spanish/English bilingual books, ranging from children's stories to how-to books to poetry. Each book purchased with help from the grant will feature a nameplate inside the cover recognizing the contribution of the Braves Foundation.

Housed in the Norcross branch, the books will be accessible to all residents of Gwinnett County as a permanent part of the library's collection.

"I'd like to thank the Gwinnett Braves for what they've done for us and the Prime Time program," said Norcross branch librarian Karen Harris. "It has been a privilege working with the G-Braves on helping families across Norcross. What a great New Year's gift for everyone involved."DULUTH -- The Rotary Club of Duluth will host the fourth annual Players' Party, featuring Texas Hold'em and Bingo plus a silent auction from 6 to 10 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Gwinnett Place Marriott on 1775 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth.

The event begins with a social hour and the games start at 7 p.m.

Members of the community are invited to attend. All proceeds will be used to cover the cost of sending 20-30 children who are residents of Rainbow Village to summer day camp at Bunten Road Park, Duluth.

Rainbow Village, a nonprofit organization, is a one- to two-year transitional program that provides temporary housing and support to homeless families with children in Duluth.

For more information, visit www.rainbowvillage.org.

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