150 Books Donated to Local Library

Launched in January, the “50 Books for 50 Years” will continue collecting books until the end of the year.

Written by RAYMOND TRAN / Published February 18, 2011

Another set of books were presented on Tuesday to the local head librarian as part of the community book drive, “50 Books for 50 Years.”

To date, 150 books and other media items have been collected.

Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Burroughs presented the second bundle during the city council meeting on May 4, 2010.

“We are very happy that our residents have really come out and contributed,” she said. “This is the second round of books we are donating to the library.”

The campaign to raise books and DVDs for the public library on Golden West Avenue was launched in January. Temple City Councilwoman Cynthia Sternquist strongly initiated and supported the effort.

Susan Schlager, the head librarian, was present to accept the books.

“I’m very happy to accept these, especially during the economic times,” she said.

Despite having surpassed the initial goal of 50 books, the City Manager and Councilwoman Sternquist hope the public will continue to donate throughout the year.

Sternquist has set a second goal of 500 books by the end of the year.

“Keep bringing the books in,” Burroughs urged.

A wish list of books and DVDs are available at the Temple City public library.

A plaque with the donor’s name will be placed within the covers of each book.

The city of Temple City was officially incorporated in 1960, and will turn 50 later this month.

On May 21, the “Golden Anniversary Dinner” will be held at St. Luke’s Hall. Important officials are expected to attend. Limited tickets are available to the public.

The next day, May 22, the City will hold a community-wide celebration at Temple City Park. An official dedication of a bust of the City’s founder, Walter P. Temple, will take place on that day.

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