Library receives North Newton Community Foundation grant in support of ENLITE

An ENLITE volunteer delivers books to an elderly library patron seated in a wheelchair inside her apartment.
Volunteer Alma Schmidt, right, delivers books to ENLITE patron Christine Waltner in December 2019.

Newton Public Library is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Jim and Shirley Goering Community Development Fund of North Newton Community Foundation (NNCF). NNCF is an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation.

The library will use the grant funds to purchase books for its ENLITE outreach service. ENLITE delivers books and audiobooks to the homes of North Newton and Newton residents.

Any resident aged 60-plus who has difficulty reaching the library is eligible for ENLITE deliveries. That also includes all residents in Newton and North Newton senior apartments, assisted living, or healthcare facilities.

Books are selected by ENLITE staff members based on patron preferences. The library’s extensive large print collection is a key part of the project, offering a wide variety of books in every major genre.

“In 2020, more than 260 homebound and assisted-living patrons in North Newton and Newton stayed connected to their local library thanks to ENLITE,” said Dr. Cari Cusick, Newton Public Library director. “This service would not be possible without generous support from foundations such as the North Newton Community Foundation, and funds such as the Jim and Shirley Goering Community Development Fund.”

About North Newton Community Foundation

“The North Newton Community Foundation (NNCF) supports efforts that enhance community wellbeing through expansion of educational opportunities, cultural enrichment, and improvement of human health and the physical environment. This will be done in part by visionary efforts to increase the total flow of philanthropic resources by identifying new funding sources and orienting donors to the benefits from such uses.” To learn more about NNCF, visit its website.

About Central Kansas Community Foundation

Founded in 1995, Central Kansas Community Foundation’s mission is “Building Stronger Communities Through Charitable Giving.” Our vision is being the leader in philanthropy in the communities we serve, connecting donors with meaningful programs and causes, strengthening charitable organizations, providing leadership on local and regional issues, and building permanent community resources. You can learn more about CKCF at

Librarian Dan Eells delivers bags of books to Kidron Bethel Village employee Kathy Becker in June 2020.