, Port Arthur, Texas

March 2, 2012

PN’s Hebert Library adds to beginning reader collection

The Port Arthur News

— The Hebert Public Library is expanding its collection of titles and books for beginning readers.  Funded by a grant from the Wilton and Effie Mae Hebert Foundation, more than 1,000 titles are being ordered to widen the library's collection of offerings for emerging readers.  

"We really appreciate all that the Hebert Foundation has done for the community," says Library Director Mark Durham.  "This is a part of our collection that the people of Port Neches will really use and without this funding, this just wouldn't have been possible."

Durham indicates that children's materials make up more than 40 percent of all items checked out from the library.  The additions come just in time, as the Library is preparing for its annual summer reading program for youth, which includes the pre-K level.

The Hebert Foundation has previously funded several other projects for the library, including new videos, upgrades to audio-visual equipment for the library's meeting room, equipment to support the library's public computer system, and resources for adult and teen programs at the library.

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