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UNION — The Union County Carnegie Library Large Print Fiction and Non-Fiction collection has grown significantly due to a $2,000 grant donated by Union Elks Lodge 1321.

Jim Cunningham, the Lodge’s Elks National Foundation (ENF) chairman, said that each Elk is asked to donate an amount set by the national Elks president for their lodge. Cunningham said Elks Lodge 1321 met its 2014 goal of an average of $4.50 per member and that he, as the lodge’s ENF chairman, sent those funds to the ENF which he described as an arm of the national Elks organization. The ENF then uses the donations it receives from a lodge to fund a “Gratitude Grant” which it awards to an agency or institution that serves the lodge’s community.

Cunningham said he informed Carnegie personnel of the potential for a $2,000 Gratitude Grant for 2014 and was informed by them that their most pressing need was for Large Print books. He said he then applied for the grant and it was approved by the ENF. When the lodge receives the funds, he will present the library with a check for $2,000.

“The library realizes the need for the large print books due to the continuing growth of vision issues with its patrons,” Cunningham said. “They have already ordered books, most of them either on the best seller list or books which the library patrons enjoy most.”

According to Ben Loftis, Director, the grant will add approximately 70 new Large Print books to the collection.

“I want to thank all the lodge members for contributing to the Elks National Foundation,” Cunningham said. “The Elks are the largest giver of scholarships in the United States other than the US government.”

“There are many adults and children in Union County who have vision issues,” Loftis said. “The addition of these books to our collection will enable them to read current and favorite authors.

“We’re just thrilled the Elks have considered us again this year in their giving,” he said. “The Elks have been very generous to the library over the past several years and their generosity has been greatly appreciated.”

Loftis said the library is looking forward to expanding its collection of Large Print books and again thanked the Elks for their support.

“We’re very excited this year to expand the resources of our Large Print section,” he said. “This is an area in which the library is able to serve the community and we really appreciate the Elks’ support in enhancing our resources.”

The Union County Carnegie Library is open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information about the library and the services it provides call 427-7140.

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