Why I Give… Dottie Harder

Dottie Harder loved to read and loved her library. To her the library was “a most wonderful place”. Her late husband Bob was a Trustee on the library board. Dottie gave happily to the library and supported the library’s Robert C. and Dorothy L. Harder Family IREAD Initiative. This program began almost seven years ago focusing on kindergarteners becoming independent readers and welcoming them to the library with their first library card. Along with the card, each child receives a book and a wallet for their card. Dr. Harder’s memorial gifts started the program at Lowman Hill Elementary where Dr. Harder volunteered by reading to kindergarteners and giving them books. The IREAD program has expanded to the other Topeka schools and has reached 1,374 children since its inception.
Dottie passed away November 15, 2019 at the age of 89.

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