Our Rotary Club of Melfort supports Literacy initiatives both locally and internationally.  


Our goal is to help eliminate child poverty and literacy is a crucial component  to achieving this goal.

The "Books for Babies" and the "1000 Books Before Kindergarten" projects of Melfort Public Library are extremely important in the development of children and their learning to read. We are proud to sponsor these projects.

Melfort and Area Books for Babies 
The purpose of the Northeast 0 to 3 Early Childhood Taskforce project, Books for Babies, is to promote literacy as well as healthy growth and development by providing culturally and age-appropriate board books. Currently there are Books for Babies committees operating in Melfort, Tisdale and Nipawin. 
In Melfort, parents will receive a Melfort Library’s 1000 Books before Kindergarten book bag from a Public Health Nurse at their newborn’s two month Child Health Clinic appointment. 
The program will seek (annual) literacy funding from Melfort Rotary and  Kinette Clubs requesting approximately $1500- 2500 per year for books and another $1000 for additional supplies (mirrors, finger puppets and rattles). The board books and additional supplies will be selected and ordered by the Melfort Library. Books for Babies items will be added to the Melfort Library’s program 1000 Books before Kindergarten reusable bags. On average, in the Melfort area there are about 120-150 births per year.
The Books for Babies Committee members  include the Saskatchewan Health Authority Public Health Nursing and Nutritionist, Melfort Public Library and North East School Division Coordinator of Learning.  The committee meets 1-3 times per year as needed. Health and educational resources will be reviewed yearly at a committee meeting before existing or new items are included in the bag.