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Middlefield library receives book-buying grant

The Levi Coe Library recently was selected for a book-buying grant by a group called Sisters In Crime, an organization of female mystery writers.

The “We Love Libraries” $1,000 grant is awarded by a random drawing from a pool of applicants. The grant may be used to purchase any books, not just mysteries. To register for the drawing, librarians must send in a photo of the staff with three books by Sisters in Crime members.

“We don’t judge the photos,” one Sisters in Crime member quipped.

“This helps so much. We try to use our funds as best as we can, and this is a very significant amount for us,” Levi Coe Director Loren Webber said.

Children’s librarian Vicki Berry was in the midst of Story Time when she learned Levi Coe had been selected. All the kids and parents were really excited to hear about the grant, Berry said.

The Sisters in Crime members delivered a large wrapped check to the library Feb. 25. “It’s like Christmas morning,” one librarian said as the check was unwrapped.

Levi Coe librarians will sit down as a group to decide which books the grant money will purchase. The librarians have a lot of ideas – the grant is a significant size for a small library like Levi Coe. The total yearly budget for new materials, including DVDs and other multimedia items is approximately $10,000 per year for children’s and adult’s collections combined. This means that the grant represents a 10 percent increase to this year’s acquisitions.

“This is huge,” Berry said.

“We try to get a variety of books that will cater to all readers… I hope lots of people will come in and check out the new books,” Webber said.

The librarians said they already have some specific titles in mind, including both classics and new releases.

Sisters in Crime member Kathryn Orzech donated a signed copy of her book “Premonition of Terror” during the check presentation ceremony.

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