After the death of Teresa Pontious last March, two of her neighbors—Kelley Burrow and Sally Kruger—talked about making a donation to Morenci’s library in her name.
Sally knew that library director Colleen Leddy wanted to start a story time for babies and toddlers and Kelley knew about Teresa’s love for youngsters.
“Teresa made sure to see Evan [Kelley’s grandson] at least once a day to spend time with him,” Kelley said, “so it was important to me that the preschool program receive the donation.”
Teresa’s husband, Roger, gave his support for the effort, so funds were initially used to buy a collection of “board books”—the sturdy books with heavy cardboard pages enjoyed by toddlers and preschoolers.
Because donations exceeded $100, a plaque was added to the memorial wall in the library’s entryway.
There’s also a label on each book reading, “Purchased in memory of Teresa Pontious.”
“I’m glad they geared it toward little kids because Teresa really loved them,” Roger said. “I really appreciate what they’re doing.”
The new program begins at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28, and runs for eight weeks, until Nov. 16. It’s geared toward babies and toddlers from birth to age two. Activities will include short stories, songs, nursery rhymes, finger plays and the like.
“It’s as much for the parents as the children,“ said Leddy.
Parents should sign up at the library or call 458-6510.