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Aledo Times Record - Aledo, IL
  • Mercer Carnegie Library receives grant for new children’s books

  • This spring, the Mercer Carnegie Library will receive new children’s books valued at over $1,050 through the Libri Foundation Books For Children Grant. 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.


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  • This spring, the Mercer Carnegie Library will receive new children’s books valued at over $1,050 through the Libri Foundation Books For Children Grant. 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 books will be selected by the Mercer Carnegie Public Library District’s Director from the Libri Foundation's 700-title booklist, which has been highly praised by participating librarians for the quality and variety of fiction and nonfiction titles offered. The majority of books have been published within the last three years, but old favorites are also offered. All of the books have been highly recommended by recognized authorities in the library and education fields. Many are award winning publications.
    For many children in rural areas, the local public library is often a primary source of reading material. At a time when more and more children and their parents and teachers are using the public library, these same libraries are facing increasing financial hardships and are unable to buy all the books their young readers need. The Mercer Carnegie Public Library District serves Millersburg and Mercer Township residents, including over 1,200 children.
    The Libri Foundation grant also calls for the library to partner financially with the local community in order to apply, and The Friends of the Library and RNC Chapter 20094 stepped forward with the required matching funds. The library will receive $350 from its community partners. A reception honoring the donors will be held at the Library when the books are ready for circulation.
    The Mercer Carnegie Library is located at 200 North College Avenue in Aledo. Call 309-582-2032, email: mercer.carnegie@mchsi.com or
    visit http://mercercarnegielibrary.webs.com/index.html for more information.

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