Elks donate $2,000 to library

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Union Elks Lodge #1321 Elks National Foundation Chairman Jim Cunningham (second from right) presents Union County Carnegie Library Director Ben Loftis (third from right) with a check for $2,000 Thursday morning. The Elks Lodge obtained the $2,000 through a Gratitude Grant from the Elks National Foundation and donated it to the library to be used to purchase large print books, many of which were on display on the table in the foreground. Also participating in the presentation were Elks Darwin Allen (left); Terry Wade, Trustee and Past State Provider (second from left); Jimmy Kimbrell, Treasurer (third from left); and Cunningham’s wife, Mary Jane Cunningham (right).

UNION — A tradition that began eight years ago continued this week as the Union Elks Lodge #1321 donated $2,000 to the Union County Carnegie Library.

In a ceremony Thursday morning, Jim Cunningham, Elks National Foundation Chairman for the Union Elks Lodge, presented Union County Carnegie Library Director Ben Loftis with a check for $2,000. Cunningham presented the check to Loftis standing behind a table filled with many of the large print books which the library purchased and will pay for with the donation from the Elks. The library will use the funds to purchase a total of 76 large print books and has already acquired 60 of them which were on display during the presentation. The new books will be in the large print section of the library.

The donation by the Union Elks was made possible by a Gratitude Grant the lodge received through the Elks National Foundation. Cunningham had informed library personnel of the potential of the $2,000 Gratitude Grant for fiscal 2014-2015 and was told that the library’s most pressing need was for large print books.

Cunningham pointed out that Union has an older population, many of whom have difficulty reading regular print material. He said that large print books eliminate this problem enabling older adults to read novels and works of non-fiction.

In making his presentation, Cunningham pointed out that the Elks Lodge has been obtaining $2,000 Gratitude Grants from the ENF and donating the funds to the library for the past eight years.

Loftis thanked the Union Elks Lodge for the support they have provided the library over the years, pointing out that the funds the Lodge has donated over the years have been used to support the library’s Summer Reading Program, acquire privacy screens for its computers, acquire Win Way software for resume writing, acquire an AED, and, as is also the case this year, purchase large print books.

“We appreciate the continued support of the Elks Lodge,” Loftis said. “Their generosity over the years has contributed greatly to the library. We’re excited to add many books to our large print collection this year.”

The Elks National Foundation provides grants to many local communities for many different projects. The ENF is an arm of the national Elks organization. Each Elk is asked to donate an amount set by the National President to his/her local Lodge. The ENF chairman sends this amount into the national organization. The Union Elks Lodge met this year’s goal of $4.60 per local member.

In addition to grants, the ENF provides scholarships to many worthy students who would not be able to continue their educational pursuits past high school. The ENF also supports veterans who have given their time and energy to protect the people and freedoms of the United States of America.

These books donated by the Elks Lodge of Union are currently in the library:

• Collateral Damage by Hannah Alexander

• The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress by Victoria Alexander

• First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

• Silver Thaw by Catherine Anderson

• Memory Man by David Baldacci

• The Cavendon Women by Barbara Taylor Bradford

• Jingo by Max Brand

• Kingbird’s Pursuit by Max Brand

• Uncle Janice by Matt Burgess

• Cover Your Eyes by Mary Burton

• The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell

• The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford

• Proof of Angels by Mary Curran-Hackett

• The Deep by Nick Cutter

• The Outlaw Takes a Bride by Susan Page Davis

• Lost & Found by Brooke Davis

• The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

• All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

• The High Divide by Lin Enger

• Someone is Watching by Joy Fielding

• Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova

• Winter at the Door by Sarah Graves

• Silvermane by Zane Grey

• At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

• Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon

• The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

• The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

• Taken by Dee Henderson

• A Deadly Web by Kay Hooper

• Your Next Breath by Iris Johansen

• Motive by Jonathan Kellerman

• Chasing Sunsets by Karen Kingsbury

• The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell by William Klaber

• Trust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz

• The Wedding Circle by Ashton Lee

• The Love Letters by Beverly Lewis

• Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Max Lucado

• The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery

• The Enemy Inside by Steve Martini

• Perfect Match by Fern Michaels

• God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

• Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo

• Kansas Kid by Lauran Paine

• Trail of Shadows by Lauran Paine

• Private Vegas by James Patterson

• 14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson

• Miracle at Augusta by James Patterson

• Truth or Die by James Patterson

• Steadfast Heart by Tracie Peterson

• Invasion of Privacy by Christopher Reich

• The Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell

• Obsession in Death by J. D. Robb

• The Liar by Nora Roberts

• The Remedy for Love by Bill Roorbach

• One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis

• The First Wife by Erica Spindler

• Country by Danielle Steel

• Prodigal Son by Danielle Steel

• A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

• My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh

• Insatiable Appetites by Stuart Woods