Umatilla Library receives book grant

<p>Fourth-grader Jorge Delatorre looks through a selection of new books at the Umatilla Public Library.</p>

New books will soon be on the shelves at the Umatilla Public Library, just in time for the summer reading program.

Umatilla recently received a grant from The Libri Foundation, a Eugene-based program that donated new, hardback books to rural libraries across the United States.

The foundation matches money donated a two-to-one match for every dollar raised, up to a total amount of $1,050. The Friends of the Umatilla Public Library donated $350 to the program, making Umatilla eligible for the maximum grant amount, according to library director Kellie Lamoreaux.

In Umatilla, the grant purchased 80 books, which will all be available when the summer reading program begins in July. The books are both fiction and non-fiction and range from preschool picture-books through teen chapter books.

“It’s a really big boost to our summer reading program this year,” said Pam Johnson. Libraries can receive the grant only once every three years, and the program is open only to libraries that serve communities with populations less than 20,000.

The Umatilla library last received the grant three years ago and was again eligible this year.

“As long as we’re under the population, we can continue to apply for it,” Lamoreaux said. “This is really a great thing for us.”

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