Classes from Republic County East Elementary visited the Belleville Public Library this week for Thanksgiving-themed storytimes and library tours. The students were the first to see the new collection of children’s books from the Libri Foundation.
Eighty books, with a total retail value of $1,408, are ready to be checked out. The library staff chose the books from a list, and many of them are award-winners. Board books, picture books, chapter books and teen books are all part of the grant.
“These are the highest-quality children’s books and have really helped our shrinking book budget,” says Judy Kisby, children’s librarian.
The Libri Foundation, based in Eugene, Oregon, supports small rural libraries. The foundation provided $700, which was matched by $350 from the Friends of Belleville Library, a local organization which supports the library. In addition, sixteen top math and science books were added to the grant by the Libri Foundation, at a value of more than $350.