Saturday, November 01, 2014

Library’s wish list spells out needs for readers

By The Herald Staff | 11/1/2013

The Ottawa Library is making a wish list a little early this year, Meg Dickinson said.

In an effort to stay progressive, the Ottawa Library, 205 S. Hickory St., Ottawa, has put together a list of items it would like in order to continue to provide the highest level of service to its patrons, Dickinson, development and community relations for the library, said.

The Ottawa Library is making a wish list a little early this year, Meg Dickinson said.

In an effort to stay progressive, the Ottawa Library, 205 S. Hickory St., Ottawa, has put together a list of items it would like in order to continue to provide the highest level of service to its patrons, Dickinson, development and community relations for the library, said.

“We want to provide materials from our most basic needs to our future dreams about the way the library will continue to function,” she said. 

The library previously has played host to a 5k run/walk to help raise money, she said, but the library staff agreed that idea seemed oversaturated this year.

“We wanted to do something different and creative,” Dickinson said. “As a staff, we collaborated and the idea of a wish list just kept coming up.”

To view the wish list, patrons can either go online to www.wishlistr.com/ottawakslibrary or stop by the library, she said. 

“There are things [on the wish list] like different materials for Summer Reading, which the theme is going to be something science-based,” she said. “There’s some different children’s things like test tubes and things like that and different elements of technology like e-readers, Kindle Paperwhites, some computers. Then we have different types of items like a magazine rack and book carts.”

General monetary donations also are accepted, Dickinson said, and can be made via the wish list or in person at the library.

“People who want to contribute, but maybe can’t buy an entire laminator, can make a general donation,” she said. “They can make a donation through a specific department in the library like technology, or make a donation to the wish list and as a staff we’ll be able to apply those funds to the appropriate department.”

The fundraiser runs now through Dec. 6 with all donations needing to be submitted by Dec. 6, she said.

“The library is such an asset to the community and has the potential to be the heartbeat of the community,” she said.

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