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Letter: Thanks to community for donating to the Lodi Public Library in October

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Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 12:00 am

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Lodi Public Library during our “Wanted: Donate to the Library” program this past October. Along with all the wonderful things happening with the building renovation, we have also been focused on updating the collection.

Inspired by his own desire to make room at home by donating his collection of DVDs, Director Dean Gualco thought we should give the community an opportunity to consider us in their fall clean-up activities. While we do have a budget for purchasing new books, CDs and DVDs, we still need help of the community to grow our collection. We sent out the request through the Lodi News-Sentinel, our email distribution list and posters in the library. And the community responded!

Thanks to your generosity, we received over 500 items for the collection during the drive. Donations included 243 hardcover books, 171, paperback books and 100 DVDs and CDs! If the library had to purchase these materials, it would have cost more than $10,000.

Additionally, donated books that could not be utilized in the collection were put into our Friends of the Library Bookstore, located in the library lobby. Our Friends of the Library group uses the proceeds of their sales to fund many of the programs at the library.

This reuse of wonderful materials is a great example of our community’s sharing. There are many environmentally responsible ways to share and re-purpose reading and entertainment materials. We’re grateful so many choose to donate to the Lodi Public Library.

We accept donations year-round, and can provide a receipt for tax purposes. Anyone interested can help us update the collection by donating used books, purchasing new materials through our Amazon wishlist or contacting one of the reference librarians to suggest titles. If you suggest a title and we add it to the collection, you can be the first to check it out. You can contact the library by phone at 209-333-5566 or email library@lodi.gov for more information on these or other programs offered.

Charlene I. Martin

Board of Trustees

Lodi Public Library

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