Library Recognized

Loudoun County Public Library is one of 30 libraries nationwide selected by Libraries for the Future to participate in the MetLife Foundation Reading America Program, a book and film discussion program for Hispanic teenagers and adults. It aims to foster intergenerational understanding and communications, especially in immigrant families.

Director Douglas A. Henderson said the Loudoun library's Reading America Program, Mi Barrio/My Neighborhood, will encourage literacy and library use among the county's more than 10,000 Hispanics.

He said the library will work with Loudoun public schools, MotherNet/Healthy Families Loudoun and the Loudoun Literary Council to promote the program.

Libraries for the Future is a national nonprofit organization based in New York that champions the role of libraries in American life.

Scout Earns Award

Steven Yarbrough of Boy Scout Troop 970 in Sterling placed first in Virginia and fourth nationwide in the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Eagle Scout of the Year scholarship program. He was sponsored by VFW Post 9478 of Sterling.

Yarbrough became an Eagle Scout in March 2001 and is a member of Scouting's Order of the Arrow. He was recently selected for the order's highest award, Vigil Honor.

Yarbrough is a junior assistant scoutmaster with Troop 970 and has served on Loudoun County's Cub Scout Day Camp staff for three years.

As a senior at Stone Bridge High School, he is in the top 10 percent of his class, is treasurer of the Art Club, photo editor of the school newspaper and art editor of the literary magazine.

Yarbrough is also a member of the youth group at Our Savior's Way Lutheran Church and plays in the Loudoun Youth Soccer Association.

The Eagle Scout of the Year Award is in its third year of operation and is open to Eagle Scouts ages 15 to 17 who are still in high school. They are judged on personal character, citizenship and service to school, Scouting and community