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One hundred books donated

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The Niles Times / Julie Riedel The children’s section of the Niles McKinley Memorial Library recently received a donation of 100 books from the Brownstone Book Fund, a private foundation based in New York City.

NILES — The children’s section of the Niles McKinley Memorial Library has grown considerably larger thanks to a donation of 100 books from the Brownstone Book Fund, a private foundation based in New York City.

“We’re just excited to be able to give our collection a little boost, especially for this time of year. We are in the thick of summer reading planning,” said Michelle Alleman, Niles McKinley Memorial Library director. “It is important for kids to continue to read throughout the summer so they don’t drop off academically while they’re not in school.”

Since 1997, the Brownstone Book Fund has been donating 100 books to 100 libraries within a state. The goal of the Brownstone Book Fund is to foster early reading, a love of books and to encourage families to read together, according to its website.

The state of Ohio was selected for the 2018 donations, with 100 libraries being selected, including the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County and the Niles McKinley Memorial Library. The Brownstone Book Fund contacted state librarian Beverly Cain, who then recommended who received the donations based on economic need.

“Libraries are the community center, and so many things to so many people, and having access to 100 new children’s books will help the public libraries provide services to families with young children,” said Janet Ingraham Dwyer, State Library of Ohio library consultant, who has a focus on children and teen services.

The Niles McKinley Memorial Library was notified about the donation in October. The children’s librarian, Olivia Jones, selected 100 books off a list of several hundred books to fill in and expand the library’s existing infant, toddler, preschool and early reader book collections.

“I went through and selected books that I knew were not in our collection already, so we could fill in any gaps there. And so I used that to get some classic books, and we also got some newer books like ‘Julia’s House for Lost Creatures,’ which my coworker and I really enjoyed,” Jones said.

The Brownstone Book Fund books are now available for checkout. Each book has a label in the front marking it as part of the donated collection.