Fairview granted $1,050 in children's books

Children and families in the community can look forward to an array of high-quality, award-winning hardcover books to read in the children’s and young adult sections of the Fairview Public Library, thanks to a grant received from The Libri Foundation. Children’s books with a total value of $1,050 will arrive at the Fairview in December.

“In this economic downturn, when more and more children and their parents are using the public library, and virtually every nonprofit organization is facing financially challenges, this grant will allow us to substantially expand our children’s and young adult section,” said Susan A. Carver, interim library director.

Planning to expand services to children and youth is already underway, with a new space especially for teens being carved out of a tight floor plan. “We want young people to be able to come to the library and enjoy a place of their own,” said Carver.

The Libri Foundation, located in Eugene, OR, was established in 1989 for the sole purpose of helping rural libraries acquire new, quality, hardcover children’s books they could not otherwise afford to buy.

Since October 1990, the foundation has donated over $5.25 million worth of new children’s books to more than 3,000 libraries in all 50 states. 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.

“Thanks to our community, which supported the library through book sale donations, we were able to put together funds to receive the maximum match from The Libri Foundation.” said Ingrid van der Leeden, president of the board of trustees of the library.
“We are very grateful to Susan for pursuing this grant and making it happen. Everyone in the community will benefit.”