Local Library Starts 2014 With New Books
CARRIER MILLS -- A local library has something to look forward to in the new year. A group of home school parents donated a bunch of books for Christmas.
The Carrier Mills Stonefort Public Library District relies primarily on donations to fill its shelves. Without it, business manager Louis Shaw says it would be difficult to operate. Updated childrens books are the hardest to come.
"It's difficult to maintain a childrens collection without spending a substantial amount of money, which we simply do not have," says Shaw.
That comes as a sad reality for a group of home school parents who rely on the library.
"As technology advances and medicine and the new findings with history, we want that to be available to our children as well as all the children in our community. So that they have the same advantage as any kids in public school," says Rachyl Rister.
Rister home schools her children and belongs to the Harrisburg Organization of Parent Educators, also known as HOPE. Rister says some of the parents from the group have to travel to get the books they need. So, HOPE held a book drive for the library.
"We try to organize community service and mission projects as we can, where we feel the need is. And so this was one need that was brought to our attention and we felt passionate about it," says Rister.
Shaw says the property taxes and grant money that fund the library are not enough to pay for all the books they need.
"Our service is important to our population. It's really their only, or at least their first line of information and pleasure reading materials," says Shaw.
Shaw believes the library is the heart and soul of the community. And he appreciates what HOPE and the community are doing to help.
"We are very grateful. Over the years it's been wonderful what we've received from the public," says Shaw.
HOPE plans to collect more books for the library in the coming year.
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