MILLEDGEVILLE — The Twin Lakes Library System is encouraging local businesses, organizations and citizens to support its new initiative in providing nearly 3,000 children assistance in their search for knowledge.
The public library system is on a mission to raise $950 in order to purchase the 2014 World Book Encyclopedia Set this holiday season.
“The idea came about essentially because the library has seen better days as far as funding goes. We’re looking for ways the community can get involved in the library, have something to feel good about and have that gratification of giving back,” said Sarah Hamil, outreach coordinator for the Mary Vinson Memorial Library. “This also helps our library system by reserving funds for more books, programs and useful services for the community.”
Hamil said the initiative will help area children with research projects by providing an alternative to Internet resources.
“Everything is digital and on the Internet. It’s nice to show kids that there’s another way to get information, much like a newspaper,” she said. “The library feels that it’s important to keep printed information on hand in addition to finding scholarly web sources. I believe that teachers still require students to site at least one printed source in research papers, so this is just another way to help educate and assist students in their search for knowledge.”
The 2010 World Book Encyclopedia Set is currently the latest edition available at the library.
“We think our community deserves to have as much updated resources as possible,” Hamil said.
Community sponsors are needed to help fund the 22-volume encyclopedia set. All sponsors will be distinguished on the library’s website and have their name placed on a recognition sign next to the volume sponsored.
“Our first sponsor is a website called PersonalLoans.com in which we got in touch with them through a [public relations] agency in Los Angeles. We would really like to have local support from businesses, organizations and community folks,” Hamil said. “It’s a meaningful and smart way for folks to get in the holiday spirit and give back to their community.”
The library system hopes to have majority of the funds raised this week.
“After Jan. 1, the price of the encyclopedia set will go up. We’re looking for as many sponsors right now so we can get them purchased before the New Year,” Hamil said. “We will carry this fundraiser on until we have raised enough money to purchase the encyclopedia set.”
The library’s regular hours are from noon to 9 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The public library will be closed Saturday, Dec. 21 and will reopen Thursday, Jan. 2.
“If you ever open up an encyclopedia, you will walk away with much more knowledge that you intended to learn about. Print media is part of our history and we want to continue to see published books coming out,” Hamil said. “We hope to see our community in Milledgeville and Baldwin County giving back this holiday season to something that will benefit kids, adults, the community and our library.”
For more information about the project, or to donate funds, call Hamil at 478-452-0677 ext. 120, or email email@example.com.