Boca-based company gives largest donation in history of Delray Beach Public Library

The Delray Beach Public Library (Contributed)

The Delray Beach Public Library (Contributed)

DELRAY BEACH — The Delray Beach Public Library just landed $25,000 to fund a summer literacy program, courtesy of Jarden Consumer Solutions, the maker of Mr. Coffee and Crock-Pot headquartered in Boca Raton.

The company’s employee-funded charity group donated $25,000 to purchase books, snacks and prizes for “at-risk” students who participate in the summer literacy program, according to library leaders. The program is aimed at preventing “summer slide,” or the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some information gained during the school year.

“The JCS Community Fund is proud to again support the Delray Beach Public Library Summer Literacy Program,” said Rocki Rockingham, JCS vice president of community relations and communications, in a statement. “It is the goal of the JCS Community fund to direct funding to areas that best address the needs in the community, and the Summer Literacy Program in Delray Beach exemplifies that goal.”

The newly expanded children s department -- the Lynda Hunter & Virginia Kimmel Children s Library -- recently opened at the Delray Beach Public Library. During the festivities, Safari Sue entertained with magic, music and stories.

The newly expanded children s department — the Lynda Hunter & Virginia Kimmel Children s Library — recently opened at the Delray Beach Public Library. During the festivities, Safari Sue entertained with magic, music and stories.

The donation is the largest to date in the history of the library, according to library leaders.

“It is inspiring to see that individuals like the employees of JCS, are willing to donate their time and money to give children a greater chance to succeed in their educational endeavors,” said Alan Kornblau, Delray Beach Public Library Director, in a statement.

The summer literacy program plans to host 150 programs this coming summer, and hopes to distribute more than 26,000 books to local children.