Libraries receive new books through a gift and grant

New books will soon be on the shelves at local branches of the Cabarrus County Public Library thanks to donations made by the Brownstone Book Fund and through a grant awarded by the State Library of North Carolina.

The Cabarrus County Public Library received a gift of 100 new children's books from the Brownstone Book Fund, a private foundation in New York City which is interested in fostering early reading, a love of books and encouraging parents and children to read together.

The books, ranging from pre-kindergarten through early readers, were distributed to the Concord, Harrisburg, Kannapolis and Mount Pleasant libraries. Books range from classics such as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse,” to newer titles such as “Shoe-la-la” and “Funny Farm.” 

The Harrisburg branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library will use the $20,000 it received from a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant awarded by the State Library of North Carolina to purchase non-fiction books for children and adults. LSTA funds are made possible through funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency helping libraries deliver state-of-the-art services for their communities.

The branch plans to enhance the adult and juvenile non-fiction collections to include topics in: health and medical, job search, career, small business, personal finance, legal resources, geography, history, biography, science and sports. 

Harrisburg Library Manager Lynn Sack said the Harrisburg community deserves an updated, relevant, non-fiction collection. “I can't wait to start spending that money,” said Sack.The Cabarrus County Public Library received one of the 112 competitive grants for the fiscal year 2011-2012 awarded to North Carolina libraries from this year’s federal allotment of $4,160,471.  The LSTA grant program funds projects across the state that help libraries deliver learning opportunities for a lifetime, support libraries to provide cost-effective access to the Internet and to information expertise, and make library resources more accessible.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.  To learn more, visit www.imls.gov.