EAST LANSING, Mich. - Brilliant Sky Toys & Books in Okemos will be holding a fundraiser on Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. to support children's programming for the East Lansing Public Library.
A portion of the proceeds from merchandise purchased at the local store will be generously donated to support new programs at ELPL, including Code Camp, maker spaces and special events. Children's activities will be available throughout the day at the Okemos store, located at 5100 Marsh Road. Activities will include story time with ELPL staff, games, crafts and scavenger hunts. It is free to attend!
Brilliant Sky, a leader in the toy retail industry for more than a decade, has made meaningful connections with community organizations and educational institutions a part of their mission since the opening of their first retail store in the Lansing area. Brilliant Sky's owners, Brent and Sonia Taylor, founded their company with the singular goal of being the finest upscale specialty toy store in America, based on the belief that the right playthings give children a gateway to physical, emotional and cognitive development. Brilliant Sky's unique approach now provides communities with access to the highest quality products in 15 stores across the country.
When asked about Brilliant Sky's purpose for holding this event, Brent responded, "Our longstanding commitment to the community, in general, and to education specifically, has been a hallmark of Brilliant Sky since our inception. Our relationship with the East Lansing Public Library dates back to our earliest days and we feel it is both our obligation and our honor to be involved with an organization with such a rich history of enriching our community. My personal experience with ELPL goes back some 40 years to my childhood and has now provided the same great experiences to my children."
"We are so fortunate to have Brilliant Sky in our community! For many years, Brent and Sonia Taylor have been huge ELPL supporters who have continually taken an interest in early literacy initiatives," said ELPL staff member Karrie Korroch. "Brilliant Sky has donated wonderful wooden toys, puppets, puzzles and books that have benefited our community in countless ways. ELPL is grateful for their ongoing generosity."