Toyota Donates $7,500 to Mississippi Library
Reading is one of life’s simple pleasures. Whether you prefer reading classic literature, biographies, or crime novels, escaping into a book after a long and stressful day can be just the release you need to help you relax. And for centuries, libraries have been providing us with something amazing—free books that we can borrow for multiple weeks at a time, making reading accessible to people from all backgrounds.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi Inc. recognizes the importance of reading—especially when it comes to children and young adults. Because of this, Toyota recently donated $7,500 to the Lee County Library, which is located about 20 minutes from the plant in Tupelo. The library will use the fund to purchase about 700 new books for children and young adults to borrow free of charge.
“We are so proud to be receiving this grant,” commented children’s librarian David Prather. “We are very thankful that Toyota is a part of our community.” Young adult librarian Vicky Manning agreed, saying, “Having the latest books and new copies of old familiar classics is vital to getting our young people excited about reading.”
Lee County Library loaned out over 44,000 children’s books in 2014, and hopes to exceed that number this year. Children of all ages can get library cards; they must simply live or go to school in Lee County and be accompanied by a parent or guardian when they apply.
News Source: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal