'Book angel' adds to library's shelves

<p>Grant County head librarian Vicki Waters arranges some of the junior reading books the library has received from an anonymous "angel" in California. The donor has helped fill library shelves with over 370 books since last October.</p>

JOHN DAY – Young patrons at the Grant County Library now have more selections of popular and updated reading material on the shelves, thanks to an anonymous “book angel.”

The books are from a California woman, who doesn’t want to be identified but has a mission to find books for libraries lacking the funds to fill up their shelves.

Grant County librarian Vicki Waters said that since October, the woman has mailed – at her own expense – over 370 books to the Grant County Library. After processing, most of those have gone – or will soon – to the library shelves. Some will ride in the bookmobile.

All of the books are either new or in good, used condition. And inside each and every one is a bookmarker, personally made by the anonymous woman.

About 90 percent of the books are for young adults, which Waters said, “is such a blessing because we just have not had the young adult books.”

The others are all junior- level books – easy, nonfiction and junior.

Assistant librarian Chris Ostberg found out about the anonymous donor from another librarian at the 2012 Focus on Children and Young Adults Institute, which she attended in Hood River last October.

Ostberg contacted the woman, who soon began sending boxes of books.

And the Grant County Library has another “angel” now – a Portland lawyer who also has begun sending books. Waters said that 10 boxes arrived in late January, with another 10 set to arrive any day.

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