The RCC/ Richmond County Public Library Friends of the Library group has once again come through, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with a large donation to the public library that has enabled the library to provide free paperback books to every child at Richmond County Elementary and Intermediate School.. As in years past, the Friends group has used their bookstore sales and membership dues to make a $4,000 donation to Richmond County Public Library. Using part of these funds, library outreach staff member Ruth Lynn was able to purchase approximately 900 high quality paperback books from Scholastic Books. After sorting these for age appropriateness, these books were sent to Richmond County Schools and local daycare centers for every child to select one and take it home.
Although the public library has been closed to visitors during COVID-19, they have been offering a contact-free book and DVD pickup service since August. But use of that service has been far less than the usual number of books and DVDs borrowed by parents and children and the library staff are hoping these free books from the Friends of the Library will help rekindle interest in reading among local children. With funds still remaining from the Friends of the Library donation, the library is planning another delivery of free books to the schools in time for Christmas.
The RCC/Richmond County Friends of the Library are a 501-C3 non-profit organization which brings authors to community events, operates a used bookstore at 74 Main Street in Warsaw, and donates funds every year to support the public library’s children’s programs and collections. For more information, see https://rcplva.org/home/rappahannock-community-college-friends-of-the-library/ .