Beginning with the 2000-01 school year, the Burton Public Library began a project to promote reading and early library use among kindergarten children. Called 'Launch-a-Young-Reader', our program gives each new kindergartner a gift bag containing a hardcover children's book, an application for a library card, materials of interest to parents, and a coupon entitling the child to another gift when he or she next visits our library.

For the first 9 years, this project was funded with small individual donations. In 2009, the Durket family generously agreed to fund this program for many years to come in memory of Mr. Jospeh Durket.  Mr. Durket was long-time principal of Burton Elementary School in the 1950s and 60s.  We are grateful to the Durket family for this wonderful gift.

The cost for each gift bag is approximately $30. Donations to the Joseph Durket Launch-A-Young-Reader Fund are welcome in any amount. All donations are tax deductible. 

We thank you for your support!