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Ash Flat Library to receive $5.4 million in books

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ash Flat Library committee members Jean and Norvin Green take a moment to thank "Dr. Anderson" from Pine Bluff after his May 22 visit telling the group the new library will be receiving 200,000 new books on June 1 from his organization. Photo/Tammy Curtis [Order this photo]
As the new state of the art Ash Flat Library becomes a reality, members of the library committee received great news from a Pine Bluff doctor who will be donating 200,000 books to the library.

Norvin and Jean Green and Ina Gill, who have worked tirelessly in promoting and setting up the library, met May 22 with a man they referred to as "Dr. Anderson". He is a lifelong educator, who made a trip to Sharp County after Green submitted an application for the library to receive free books.

Anderson surveyed the libraries shelving in an attempt to determine the number of books the library could house. The application that qualified the library for the books was based on both economic and geographical information obtained from current census reports.

Anderson, retired from teaching and, shortly after, lost his wife. After obtaining a $1 million grant to keep his late wife's dream of helping others alive. He has been supply ing needy areas with books to stock libraries.

Anderson has 9 warehouses holding 34 million new books that are distributed free of charge throughout the state. Green explained the state is divided into three regions, with Sharp County falling into the "Mountain" area.

The 200,000 books, which Anderson valued at $5.4 million, will be delivered June 1 to the library, where the process of adding bar codes and categorizing them will begin. Green said the committee will receive help from community service workers in unloading them.

Anderson told the library commitee that, if there were books that could not be used, the library could donate them where they wish. Mrs. Green said they had been in contact with a missionary in Peru who knows a library with only eight books, perhaps some could go to them.

The library is still awaiting Ash Flat City Council's decision on whether to allow the library to be a city library. The commitee says there are advantages over the county board form of governance.

The three are working to set up the library so it will be prepared when the decision is made.

Green said they have been very fortunate to have the help of a certified librarian in the set up, as well as Bruce Brandalino and Shane Green with Creative-Entrophy and Spring River Tees to set up the computer network at no cost to the library.

The Friends of the Library plans to meet June 5 and is actively seeking volunteers to help with the process.

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