The St. Croix Falls Rotary Club Helped Send 20,000 Books to Kosovo

The St. Croix Falls Rotary Club, with the help of 16 volunteers on Saturday, October 1, 2011, packed 458 boxes of English language books to be sent to the country of Kosovo.  The container filed with more than 20,000 books will be trucked to New York and shipped by boat to Thessaloniki, Greece where it will then be trucked to City of Prishtina in Kosovo for unpacking and distribution by Rotary volunteers.

The goal of this literacy project is to distribute the books to school and community libraries around Prishtina via a non-governmental organization known as Biblioteca.   This project was initiated by former Chisago Lakes Rotarian and retired district court Judge Linn Slattengren who has been living and serving in various roles for the past 8 years in Kosovo.  The books being sent have been collected by several Rotary Clubs in Western Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota from schools, colleges, libraries and homes over the past 3 years with volunteer time.

Prior to last Saturday’s packing, the books were stored at the former Franconia farmstead of Slattengren (now owned by Bob & Rita Pavey).  The St. Croix Falls Rotary Club donated a total of $500 to the project, which was spearheaded by the Chisago Lakes Rotary, who was awarded a Rotary District Grant totaling $7,000 to accomplish this literacy initiative.  This project was made possible with additional financial support from the Rotary Clubs of North Branch & Siren/Webster along with a local donation of $1,900 from the Chisago Lakes Rotary Club and matching donations of the Rotary of Prishtina International, Kosovo.

The St. Croix Falls Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at Noon at the Dalles House in St. Croix Falls.  For more information about this service club and how to get involved in your community, visit

Kirk Anderson
PR Chairman for the St. Croix Falls Rotary Club
PO Box 291
St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

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