Avis Ragan, one of several generous donors, is shown with two young readers and two members of the Dazzling Diva Book Club in checking out some of the newest additions to the children’s and young readers’ collections at the Morley Library, purchased with donations ear-marked specifically for children’s books.
MORLEY -- The Morley Library, like libraries across the country, faces the challenge of maintaining a up to date book collection while operating under major budget cuts.
To help maintain the high level of reading material that patrons of the Morley Library of all ages have enjoyed in the past, that challenge has been met in numerous innovative ways, according to supporters.
Each May, the Morley Library Association, Inc. sponsors a large book sale offering at bargain prices, the older books weeded from the collection as well as books donated by area residents. All profits of this sale are used to purchase new books.
A Book Wish List allows people to select and pay for a book from a listing prepared by the Library Manager. These books are often purchased in memory of or to honor someone special. Recent purchases honored Ann Scott, a former teacher at the Morley School and Lena Butler, one of the first Librarians at the Morley Library.
The Adopt-a-Book program allows a patron to purchase a book, again from the Library Manager’s listing, and that patron then becomes the first to read the selected book before it becomes part of the collection.
Donations of like-new books not already owned by the library help fill the need for the latest best sellers in all genres.
Cash donations are often made specifically for book purchases. Donations for children’s and juvenile books in particular have helped provide the latest quality reading for the youngsters in the area.
Anyone interested in participating in any of the mentioned ways or for more information can contact Agnes Hoey, Morley Library Manager at 379-0066.