Dream Coming True

Residents of Susu Village in Zambia, Africa, held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new library thanks in part to donations from Britton area residents.

Dream Coming True

Public Invited To Presentation

Britton area residents have played a leading role in helping fund a new library in Susu Village, Zambia, Africa, and the leader of that effort will be in town on Thursday to say thanks and to highlight the ongoing building project.

Lana Lynn grew up in Britton, spending many hours of her time at the old Britton Carnegie Library. The books within those walls played a huge role in her life, and now she is helping spread that love of books and learning around the world as chairman of the board of Elizabeth’s Library International (ELI), a nonprofit organization based out of Pacific Grove, California.

She will give a presentation to the Britton Lions Club on Thursday at 6:45 p.m. at Fun After Fifty on Main Street. Any interested residents are also encouraged to attend.

Last year Lynn issued a challenge to her hometown to raise funds to help build a badly-needed community library in Susu Village, and the community responded. With the funds received from Britton Area residents the land was able to be purchased, along with all required legal land title transfers and government registration.

Lynn stressed that the project is so much more than just a library for the Susu Village community.

“It’s really all about hope for a better life for their kids and community,” said Lynn, “and thanks in part to the generosity of Britton area residents that hope is alive and well. It’s difficult for any of us to imagine a place where adults and especially school children do not have access to books or toys of any kind.”

The total cost to construct the new library will be about $20,000. Anyone wishing to contribute to the project may send donations to Elizabeth’s Library, PO Box 51335, Pacific Grove, CA 93950. Attach a note that the money should go to the Susu Village Library Project.

Lynn said the new library will be life-changing for village residents.

“The rapid growth of the Susu project has surprised even the ELI Board,” concluded Lynn. “There is no doubt that a library at Susu will become a major hub for learning – impacting and changing lives now and into the future. This little community prays and hopes for a better future for their children, and they know that education and learning is key to leaving a lifetime of poverty.”

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