Li­brary sys­tem re­ceives grant

Do­nated books to fo­cus on pur­suit of hap­pi­ness

The Covington News - - EDUCATION - By Jenny Thompson

The Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Hu­man­i­ties and the Amer­i­can Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion have awarded the New­ton County Li­brary Sys­tem with a sec­ond “ We the Peo­ple” Book­shelf Grant.

Di­rec­tor of the li­brary’s chil­dren’s ser­vices de­part­ment, Carol Du­rusau, ex­plained how each year the ALA chooses a set of books which ex­em­plify themes of United States’ found­ing doc­u­ments to give to li­braries.

“ We never turn any­thing like that down,” Du­rusau said, “ and they’re all very good books, usu­ally clas­sics that have stood the test of time that you could al­ways use an­other copy of at the li­brary.”

Chil­dren this year will read and be read books re­lated to the 2007 theme — “ The Pur­suit of Hap­pi­ness.”

More than 2,000 li­braries through­out the coun­try re­ceived the set of books cho­sen for this year.

The li­brary will host two read­ings when the books ar­rive in Septem­ber. The el­e­men­tary pro­gram will be held at 4: 30 p. m. Sept. 12 in the Chil­dren’s Room at the li­brary, and the mid­dle and high school pro­gram will be at 7 p. m. Sept. 13 in the Young Adult area.

Du­rusau said she will in­vite lo­cal of­fi­cials, celebri­ties and oth­ers to read a se­lec­tion from one of the books.

“ Then they’ll all talk about what the pur­suit of hap­pi­ness means to them,” Du­rusau said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the grant, books or read­ings call ( 770) 385- 6444 or visit www. wethep­eo­ple. gov.

Photo cour­tesy of Julie Paschkis

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