Vermont Business Magazine The Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, Vermont received $5,000 for children’s books from JetBlue as one of three runner-up cities in the SOAR with Reading Contest, along with Cleveland, Ohio and Long Beach, California. Jacksonville, Florida was announced as the grand prize winner, and will receive $25,000 worth of children’s books and a reading room makeover. More than 544,300 online votes were cast. Since 2011, JetBlue has donated more than $3 million worth of children’s books in areas of need.
Thanks to the overwhelming support of the community, Burlington won in a field of significantly larger cities. Burlington’s population of 42,239 compares to Cleveland with 385,000, Long Beach with 470,000, and Jacksonville with 940,000 residents, showing that the brave little state has a powerful voice.
The Fletcher Free Library gratefully recognizes the amazing support and social media skills of local residents. As the largest public library in Vermont, the Fletcher Free serves as the community living room for Burlington, providing free and inclusive programs, materials and resources.
The Fletcher Free Library is located at 235 College Street, Burlington.
For more information visit www.fletcherfree.org.