Last week, the Tyler Public Library staff unpacked more than 900 books and 140 audio books, a valuation of nearly $40,000 worth of materials.
Tyler’s Library was one of three libraries in the nation awarded the Great Books Giveaway, a program with the Young Adult Library Services Association in part of the American Library Association. This windfall includes fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels and Hi-Lo books (high interest, low reading level).
The application process began in December 2016. Youth Services Librarian Linda Gray stated in her application that the Library has a limited young adult collection, and that having more age-appropriate material would not only benefit active teenage library-users, but also programs that serve as outreach opportunities. Two specific programs that will benefit are part of the Tyler Independent School District: the Discipline Alternative Education Program (DAEP) and the Early College program, a program for campuses lacking in popular reading material for students.
“Unpacking these books and CDs was exciting and we look forward to sharing this great material with our children and teens,” said Gray. “We are thrilled to be giving back and assisting the DAEP and Early College campuses since there are plenty of books to share.”
The sorting process will take some time, but once complete, the public is encouraged to come see these new items and find other treasures in the Library’s other areas.
The Tyler Public Library is a department of the City of Tyler, and is located at 201 S. College Avenue in Downtown Tyler. They can be reached by phone at (903) 593-READ (7323) or found on the web at www.TylerLibrary.com.