As a baby storytime gathered at Athens Public Library, a circle began to form made up of attentive, sing-laughing parents, guardians, library employees–and of course, our youngest library users. (If you’ve never been in a library during a storytime, I recommend that you seek out the experience; you’ll feel better about the world.)
As these same babies grow, they will eventually be able to explore books about the world, individual countries, states, and STEAM and other educational topics, in part because of the generosity of Richard and Karen Harvey, who were honored in a small February 21st, 2017 thank you ceremony.
The Harveys have made several donations over the years to help support and grow the current children’s collection. Look for a new batch of books in Athens made possible through the Harvey’s latest donation sometime in April 2017.
When asked what they’d like to share with young ACPL library patrons and their families if they could, the Harveys stressed both the life-altering importance and fun of reading. “In a world with so many screens, I would ask adults to encourage children to enjoy and benefit from books,” Karen Harvey said. Richard Harvey added that he’d tell a room full of youngsters to “Find a book that, while reading it, it moves you to read another one, just to keep the ball rolling, keep it rolling!” We couldn’t agree more.
Stay tuned for other exciting ACPL projects made possible by the Harvey’s vision and generosity, including in Coolville!
Other photos of the ceremony can be found on ACPL’s Flickr page.