Acting state librarian tours local libraries
FROM LEFT: Acting state librarian Gerry Maginnity along with Sandra Tauler, community services director for the city of Calexico, visit the El Centro Public Library on Monday afternoon. (ERIC MILLER PHOTO / April 30, 2013)
Once a resident of Holtville for a pair of years, Maginnity is now the acting state librarian and often visits many libraries in the state.
During his one-day visit, Maginnity said he appreciated the work and exchange between all the libraries in the area.
“There is definitely a lot of cooperation and collaboration with all the libraries,” he said. “I was impressed by that. That isn’t always the case with a lot of libraries.”
As the acting state librarian, Maginnity said part of his job is to ensure libraries are meeting the needs of the community, especially the children.
“A lot of the things that are happening here are happening across the state,” Maginnity said. “Libraries are being expected to offer a number of services with meager resources.”
In an effort to allow libraries to continue to serve the community, Maginnity said one-time funds will be made available this year for the state’s public libraries to purchase new print materials in six collection areas.
Some of the areas include early literacy and parenting, workforce development and popular fiction, Maginnity said.
“It’s intended to put books back on the shelves,” Maginnity said.
As a whole, the county received $50,000, with each system receiving $10,000, Maginnity explained.
Sandra Tauler, community services director for the city of Calexico, said the additional funds would help the Camarena Memorial Library’s book budget.
“We’ve been cutting from our book budget and the additional funds will be the added influx we need to purchase new books,” Tauler said. “We’re very excited.”
Imperial County Free Librarian Connie Barrington said she was already looking into what books could be purchased for the four branches of the county library.
“The funds will help better support the programs we have in place now,” Barrington said. “Hopefully it’ll get some of the more reluctant readers more excited about reading. I know I am.”
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