Braswell Memorial Library Foundation has begun an important new initiative to help provide books to Braswell Memorial Library.
The acquisition of books, particularly adult fiction and non-fiction, has been lagging during the past few years due to budgetary limitations and economic conditions. The Books for Braswell project will rely on community support to help provide additional resources to build the Library’s collection.
The Books for Braswell project will run from April 1 through June 1. Library patrons, members of the community at large, civic clubs, church groups, veterans associations, school classes, businesses, and all others are asked to donate $25 or more for a new book for Braswell.
Checks for Books for Braswell may be made out to the Braswell Memorial Library Foundation and mailed to Braswell Memorial Library at 727 Grace St., Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Donations are considered charitable donations for income tax purposes. The library maintains a wish list of current books requested by patrons. All new books purchased by the library will have a bookplate recognizing the donor. Books may be given in honor or in memory of someone. Lastly, donors may give donations of new or “almost new” books with copyright dates of 2011 or 2012. Also, older books of local or historical significance and importance will be welcomed. Such books may be placed in the Kornegay Local History Room. Donated books and checks may be taken to the front desk in Braswell Memorial Library.
“The Books for Braswell project is the Foundation’s first undertaking in support of our library and is meant to provide critical resources when it is needed most,” Foundation Chairwoman Catherine Combs said. “To be successful, this project will need the public’s support and participation.”
Combs said the adult collection is highly popular but simply needs more books to meet public demand and reading preferences.
“Our library has just not been able to devote adequate funds for the adult collection, and the Foundation has agreed to assist in raising money to supplement resources,” she said. “Being aware of the uncertainties and difficulties impacting the local economy, the Foundation recognized the need to be sensitive to these conditions and has undertaken a project that will be affordable to most residents and yet a significant benefit to the entire community.”
Braswell Library is used by more than 400,000 patrons every year and offers a wide variety of programs and services. It is truly a ‘Library of Distinction”and a highly valuable community asset.
“We need everyone in Rocky Mount and Edgecombe and Nash counties to make a contribution to our library. Every donation is appreciated and valued,” Combs said.