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New Children's Books form Libri Foundation Grant

Johnson City Library receives $1,400 in New Children’s Books


The Johnson City Library is privileged to have received 75 new children’s books from the Libri Foundation.  The library applied for the grant because the children’s non-fiction section needed updating, but not all the books are non-fiction.  The books are fantastically beautiful and so varied!  They are comprised of different reading levels with books for young and pre-readers as well as ones teens will be able to use for research.

For the past 23 years, the Libri Foundation has worked with small rural libraries to provide high quality new books that libraries otherwise could not acquire because of increasing financial hardships and rising book costs.  Libri’s program “Books for Children” supports the concept that children who learn to enjoy reading at an early age continue to read throughout their lives.  Usually the library is asked to find a financial supporter and Libri will match that support 2 to 1, then Libri selects 700 titles for books that have won awards or are highly recommended by authorities and  lets the librarians chose from the list what best meets the needs of their library.  This is not the first Libri grant the library has received, and all Libri books contain a Libri Foundation bookplate.  These books are some of the most checked out year after year. The JC Library was honored this year by an anonymous donor from Libri that provided the entire $1,050 book donation.  A separate donation by Bill Strawbridge and Meg Wallhagen provided an additional $350 in books.  This is an amazing award and the Johnson City Library is proud and thrilled to have this distinction.

To celebrate this gift, the library is having a “Reception for the Books” Saturday October 24 at 10:00 am.  Our guest story teller is Mayor Dawn Capra who will read from the new books.  The books will be on display and available for check-out.  Refreshments will be served to make this a grand local gathering.  Children and adults will enjoy these books, so please join us this Saturday to celebrate literacy, love of books and our community, and to thank the Libri Foundation for all they do for small rural communities like ours.