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March 17, 2012

Mini libraries sprouting up

DANVILLE — Plants and flowers are starting to sprout all over with spring coming.

New and more organized mini libraries in the city are, too.

Danville Public Library Outreach Director Mary Jane Starnes’ “Weeds to Seeds” concept for creating a small library at the Green Meadows apartments has “sprouted” another library, with assistance from the Altrusa Club of Danville.

On Monday, the two-room Fair Oaks Library will have a grand opening ceremony beginning at 3:30 p.m.

The concept is taking “weeds” (books left over after book sales) to try to create new library users.

Danville Public Library Director Barbara Nolan said Tamera Forthenberry, Danville Housing Authority Family Services director, asked the library for help after talking to Gloria Thompson-Brown about Green Meadows’ library.

The library at Green Meadows has been a success since opening two years ago on March 17, 2010.

The Altrusa Club also donated new carpeting, area rugs and little mats for the children to sit on for story time. One of Altrusa Club’s national focuses is literacy.

Fair Oaks’ old library had County Market boxes turned sideways that served as book shelves.

“They sought us for help in organizing their collection,” Nolan said.

Forthenberry said they had received books through the Catlin Women’s group, Holy Family, Connexion Church and other individuals.

Leslie Boedicker, Danville Public Library outreach assistant, worked with Fair Oaks youth after school to label the spines and organize the books into two rooms, one for younger children and the other for middle school and teens. The books were grouped according to age, in addition to being alphabetized. The one room for young adult books also has a reference book area. Forthenberry said the children like looking at the encyclopedias and other reference books instead of a computer screen all the time.

Forthenberry said the children also did all of the displays on the walls in the library, relating to reading, as part of their after-school program.

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