One of the many projects Fighter Country Partnership contributes to in the support of the men, women and families of Luke Air Force Base is a base library reading program for young children. FCP as well as the Rotary Club of Litchfield Park donate money for the purchase of children’s books. Each Wednesday morning, approximately eight families meet at the base library to read a particular book followed by constructing a craft. Military volunteers in uniform often read to the children and every week it is a different theme.
For example, one week the theme was “bugs.” After the reading, the children sit around a table to construct a craft which happened to be dragonflies.
Katie Gillen, the base librarian, said, “The children have a great time learning how to color and decorate their craft. They also love to have the military member in uniform read to them. It helps them relate and gives them a closer connection to their military parents.”
On the second Wednesday of each month each family receives a copy of the book to take home.
Katie Gillen states “The kids and mothers love the new books and the library truly appreciates the community support from Rotary Club of Litchfield Park and Fighter Country Partnership!”