The Clark County Public Library has received a donation of 100 children’s books, ranging from pre-K through early readers, according to the library.
All books were donated by the Brownstone Book Fund, a private foundation from New York City that is “interested in fostering early reading, a love of books and encouraging parents and children to read together,” according to a press release from the library.
The donation came from a recommendation from the State Library of Ohio that Brownstone give the books to Clark County Public Library, according to Allison Peck, public relations manager at the library.
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“We were not expecting it; it just kind of happened,” Peck said. “It was a very generous gift.”
Diane Brownstone, founder of Brownstone Book Fund, said that her mission is to ensure children have books.
“I always hoped by doing this that other people would (also) give books to libraries,” Brownstone said.
Brownstone has been donating children’s books to public libraries in different states for about 25 years, according to State Librarian Beverly Cain.
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Cain said she recommended that Brownstone donate the books to areas where it would have the most impact.
“I think it will have a great impact,” Cain said. “Hopefully it will provide new, high quality children’s books that they can get into the hands of young children.”
Through the donation, the library received a variety of children’s books, including picture books, chapter books, and both new and old releases, according to Peck.
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The library also received both new and old releases, including “Where the Sidewalk Ends,” “The County Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes,” “Pete the Cat and the New Guy,” “Skippyjon Jones,” and “Llama Llama Time to Share,” Peck said.
The library has started processing the books and they will be made available to the public in the coming weeks, according to Peck.
“We appreciate any gift of any amount and any size,” Peck said. “(The books) will be put to good use.”