Library seeks donations for a matching grant

Thursday, April 5, 2007

The Piggott Public Library has applied for a grant from the Libri Foundation, an organization which touts itself as a "Books for Children Program."

Now the library needs the local funds in order to get the grant.

"It's one way to get some new books into the library," said Gay Johnson, director for the Piggott Public Library. "With a tight budget like we have, this grant is a good thing to do."

Johnson reported that the last time the library was awarded the grant was around 1999. The grant is a 2-1 matching grant. The library must raise $350 and then the grant will contribute $700, making the total funds $1,050. The library funds may not come out of the existing budget. Johnson reported that the full amount was raised the last time she applied for the grant.

"When I buy books," said Johnson, "I try to get as many children's as possible. But I also have to get adult oriented books, too, especially from the bestseller's list."

Johnson said the grant is greatly needed because nearly half of the children in the area live at the poverty level and the library makes a great effort to bring educational, informative, and entertaining services to the patrons.

The grant is made available by the Libri Foundation and makes the hardcover children's books available through their Books for Children Program. All contributions to the Libri Foundation are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

The Libri Foundation was established in 1989. The Foundation's goal is to help as many rural libraries as possible. The Foundation's website reports that since October of 1990, they have donated over $3,000,000 worth of new children's books to more than 2,300 libraries in 48 states.

The website also reports that the Foundation supports the concept that children who learn to enjoy reading at an early age continue to read throughout their lives. But in order to develop a love of reading, children much have access to books which stretch their imaginations, touch their emotions and expand their horizons.

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