Elkins Kiwanis International donates to library

ELKINS – A community organization made a donation to a local library Wednesday to help diversify the collection of books available to children.

The Elkins chapter of Kiwanis International made a donation of $2,000 to the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library during the library’s board meeting Wednesday afternoon.

The donation is meant to enable the library to purchase children’s non-fiction books, mainly for the middle school age group.

Audrey Taylor, director of the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library, said the donation will be a big help to the facility.

“It will benefit the community by having up-to-date books for that age group, along with other recreational materials, such as how-to sports books, to promote more physical activities for youth,” Taylor said.

Rachel Varner, secretary of Kiwanis International, said the organization learned about some of the library’s needs and decided to help because the group focuses on kids.

“We came here for a program and they told us some of their needs, especially when it came to children’s books,” Varner said. “Since that (children) is what Kiwanis focuses on, we decided to make a donation to the library.

“We are hoping it will give the library the opportunity to update some of their books,” Varner added.

Taylor said some of the youth books are growing older and becoming ragged.

“Non-fiction is really what we are working on because what we have is getting really out-dated and some of the books are tattered and in bad shape,” Taylor said.

Kiwanis President Laura Hawkins told The Inter-Mountain before the meeting the club wants to help the library because it benefits a large portion of the community and has lost some of its government-funding assistance.

“We give a lot to athletics and we wanted to give something to the library, as it services a lot of people,” Hawkins said. “It is a resource that a lot of people in this community uses and it can be used year-round.”

“The government has cut back funding and their (the library’s) budget was cut back, so we want to try to assist them,” Hawkins added.”

Sandy Grahame, chair of the board of trustees for the library, said she appreciates community support.

“We are always happy to buy books,” she said. “We are happy to have community organizations support us.”

Hawkins said Kiwanis is always looking for new members, and anyone interested can call her for more information at 304-614-2116.