Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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May 15, 2013

Librarian turning to community to expand library

TEUTOPOLIS — Teutopolis school district librarian is trying to find people willing to buy new books for school libraries in the district.

Susan Yallaly told the Unit 50 Board of Education Monday donors may join the Wooden Shoe Book Club.

“People will be able to donate titles to any of our libraries,” Yallaly said. “Once received, we will put a plate on the book.”

The plate will feature some kind of recognition that the book was donated to the school district. But Yallaly said donors don’t have to have their own names put on the plate.

“It could commemorate anything from anniversaries to birthday,” she said.

Yallaly said the program will enable community members to be stakeholders in the school district.

“It’s a goal of mine for community members to have a stake in our libraries by boosting our collection,” she said.

Yallaly said many of the school district’s library books are in bad shape. She added that community members can choose from a list of book titles that will be placed on the Unit 50 website sometime in late summer.

Yallaly said she has partnered with Jacksonville-based Permabound. The company will put plates on the books as they are bought. Yallaly said citizens can also buy e-books and iPads for the district through the Permabound program.

A look at how much the libraries are used may provide a clue to the need for new books. Yallaly told the board Monday students had checked out about 38,000 books during the 2012-13 school year.

Bill Grimes can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 132, or bill.grimes@effinghamdailynews.com.

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