Brownstone Book Fund donates 100 books to Crossett library

A stack of 100 books donated by the Brownstone Book Fund sits on the counter at the Crossett Public Library.

The Crossett Public Library recently received 100 new books from a foundation dedicated to fostering early reading and helping children develop a love of books.

CPL Librarian David Anderson said the books came from the Brownstone Book Fund, a private foundation based in New York City.

Every year the Fund selects 100 libraries and donates a mix of 100 classic and contemporary children’s books to them.

This year, the Fund decided to donate books to libraries in Arkansas, and contacted the state librarian. The state librarian, in turn, recommended Crossett.

The CPL received the books shortly before the New Year, and they are ready to go into circulation, Anderson said.

“They are good quality, hardcover children’s books,” Anderson said.

In recent years, the CPL has been able to facilitate a quality children’s selection with its development budget, Anderson said, but the Brownstone books will help do that further.

Some of the books the library received were duplicates of titles already in circulation.

In the case of books that were becoming worn, the Brownstone copies were used to replace them. If the books on the shelves were still in good shape, the new copies are waiting.

Otherwise, patrons can look for a lot of new titles in the children’s stacks.

“(The donation) has been a great benefit,” Anderson said.

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