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Library of Congress donates books to local library

Just under 100 books were donated to the Lincoln-Lawrence-Franklin Regional Library in early November by the Library of Congress.

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker contacted the library in August to ensure the library was aware of the opportunity and to gather information about the types of materials that would be the most beneficial to the community, according to library Assistant Director Katrina Castilaw.

Katrina Castilaw

Katrina Castilaw

The books are mostly non-fiction history, self-help and healthcare books and cover topics including food insecurity, recovery from depression and rural poverty.

“Sen. Wicker made an effort to reach out to the library and ensure that the community did not miss the opportunity to acquire these materials,” Castilaw said. “These donated materials will fill some of the information gaps in the library’s collection.”

Castilaw said the community has worked hard to provide the library with needed materials, time, networking and expertise.

“Since I have begun working for the library, I have been very impressed by the level of contributions offered by citizens, organizations and officials,” she said. “The library is a hub for community interactions where people from different walks of life work together amicably and efficiently to achieve common goals. I see it exemplified in the library everyday.”

The LLF Regional Library is open in Brookhaven from 9 a.m-6 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m-5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. They also have branches at 142 Courthouse Square in Monticello, 209 Jones St. in New Hebron and 38 First St. in Meadville.

In order to get a library card, residents must have a photo ID. If the address on the ID is current, no further information is required; otherwise an official mailed document must be supplied as proof of residence.