Friday, April 26, 2013

Library Receives Grant for Children’s Books

   The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization which
donates new, quality, hardcover children's books to small, rural public libraries in the United States, through its BOOKS FOR CHILDREN program.
  The Foundation supports the concept that children who learn to enjoy reading at an early age continue to read throughout their lives. In order to develop a love of reading, children must have access to books which stretch their imaginations, touch their emotions and expand their horizons.
  In areas like Garden Valley, the local public library is most likely the primary source of reading material. At a time when more and more children and their parents and teachers are using public libraries, the libraries are facing increasing financial hardships and are unable to buy the books their young readers need.
  The Foundation works with Friends of the Library or other local organizations, because they believe in community involvement and want to encourage and reward local support of libraries. In this case, the GV Friends of the Library have donated $350, which the Foundation matched on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, the library will receive $1,050 worth of new books.
  Cass Meissner, the library’s Youth Services Coordinator, is familiar with the needs of the library and the community, and will select the books the library will receive from the Foundation's 700-title booklist. The majority of books have been published within the last three years, but old favorites are also offered.
  “We will begin selections with books we need for our summer reading theme and also consider patron requests,” says Meissner. “We will host an open house, when our new collection books arrive. We have fun youth programs each week and would love to see you.”
  According to Meissner, there is always a need for youth non-fiction--books they can use for programs and activities or student research. Donations to the library for collection consideration are always welcomed, and are greatly appreciated.
  More information on the foundation can be viewed at

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