By Rod Guajardo
TUPELO – Lee County children and young adults will have a wider selection of books to choose from at their local library thanks to a generous donation from an automobile manufacturing company.
The Lee County Library was recently awarded a $7,500 grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi Inc.
The grant funds will be used to purchase new children’s books and also new books for young adults.
The library will be able to purchase nearly 700 new items with the grant funds.
“We are so proud to be receiving this grant,” said children’s librarian David Prather. “We are very thankful that Toyota is a part of our community.”
The additional books the library will be able to purchase with the grant will help in its overall goal for children and young adults to enjoy using the library and to learn new things along the way, said young adult librarian Vicky Manning.
“Having the latest books and new copies of old familiar classics is vital to getting our young people excited about reading,” Manning said.
Last year, library visitors borrowed more than 44,000 children’s books. Library Director Jeff Tomlinson said the grant funding proves Toyota cares about the people of Lee County. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi employs nearly 2,000 people at its plant in Blue Springs near Tupelo.
“Whenever the library has asked (Toyota) for help, they have been there for us,” Tomlinson said. “There is no reason why every person in Lee County does not have a library card – if you have children, you simply must bring them to get a library card.”
There is no minimum age requirement for a child to receive their first library card, only the presence of a parent or guardian.
Anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Lee County is eligible for a library card. For more information, visit li.lib.ms.us or call 662-841-9027.