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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Interest in Forsyth Public Library is on the upswing.

Head Librarian Jean Campbell noted there is a greater overall interest in the library compared to the previous year, based on books circulated for both adults and children, plus participation in library programs.

This year, registration numbers peaked at 390 for the summer reading program with 973 attendees recorded at more than halfway through the 19 programs offered. The summer reading program began May 31 and continues through July 28. Program schedules were mailed earlier to all Forsyth residents and extra copies are available at the library.

Campbell said circulation, interlibrary loan and reciprocal borrowing showed increases this year. “Especially encouraging were increases, 6 percent in each case, in the number of books circulated for both adults and children,” she said.

Also, Forsyth Sunrise Rotary and the Garden Club of Decatur have joined in support of an activity to plant a Youth Garden in front of the library along Elwood Street.

“Forsyth Sunshine Rotary generously offered to underwrite the cost of the plants this year,” Campbell said. Trustee Larry Reed, a Rotary member, joined Garden Club members in selecting the plants at Lowe’s and participated with club members in the planting held June 8 with 34 children present. “I hope it becomes an annual tradition,” Campbell said. Plans are already underway for a fall planting of chrysanthemums.

Students at Chung-Li Elementary School in Taiwan are enjoying several used books donated by the library.

Head Librarian Jean Campbell said Vince McGuire, a Taiwan businessman with Illinois roots, received a letter asking for a few used books suitable for first to third grade reading level. McGuire’s business is next to the Taiwan school, and he volunteered to help the school with its newly-created English library.

His initial idea led to donations from various sources that have been warmly received by the school’s administration. “The generosity of Americans has created positive press,” he said.

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