Lynch family offers library support


REED CITY — Bea Lynch was a strong supporter of all things Reed City and Osceola County.

Through a doantion made by hr memroail Fund, her family continues her support and builds on generations of giving by a very special lady.

Dan Lynch, of Lansing, and Maura Lynch Cravey , of Richmond, Virginia, contacted the Reed City Public Library recently with the idea of a donation in the amount of $1,700 from the Beatrice Lynch Memorial Fund.  They asked the library team to assemble a “wish list” and the family selected the options they felt would most honor Bea.

The family felt primary sponsorship of the 2013 Summer Reading Program as well as enhancing the health fields, emerging technologies, and legal collections of the library was the right fit.

Local area education was of great interest for Bea and to that end she served as a health educator for many years; on the Reed City Public Library Board; and later, in a grandmother reading support volunteer program in Reed City schools.

Her husband, Joe Lynch, was an attorney. Bea loved utilizing new technologies, even in her advanced age.

Long-term library staff, Candace Derevage, recalled Bea as a bit of a Renaissance woman - being knowledgeable on many subjects.

This donation will have a tremendous impact on the 2013 Summer Reading Program for area youths which fosters educational experiences and continued development of reading skills in students over the long summer.  The community will see a lasting impact of the donation in terms of updated health information, expanded legal resources and timely information on emerging technologies in the non-fiction collections at the library.

The donation was presented to Heather Symon, director of the Reed City Library, on January 28.  “The Lynch donation is a tremendous opportunity to enhance library services for the Reed City community,” said Symon.