Lauretta Klock contributed untold hours to the Athens County Public Libraries. She was a founding member of the Friends
of the Athens Public Library and served as an active member of the library’s Board of Trustees for 21 years (from 1985 to 2006).
Lauretta and her husband, Hal, were the long-time money collectors–thirty cents at a time!–at the Friends’ monthly used
booksales. Here she is in a newspaper photo from 1988 (second from the left):
Last year, Lauretta’s family designated a memorial fund to be used for children’s services at ACPL. Those contributions
allowed us to buy much-needed new puzzles, blocks, puppets, felt boards, and games for our 7 children’s areas.
Many remember a time when libraries were only a place to–shh!–silently look at books. But no more. Our libraries are
learning environments and information centers employing many modes of activity to engage and inform community members of all ages.
From digital devices to puppets and blocks, visitors can access learning tools that meet their needs.
Thank you to all who contributed in Lauretta’s name for the generous gifts that help families feel welcomed, engaged, and enriched
when they visit the public library in their community.