Marked Tree Library receives books from Library of Congress

Friday, September 7, 2012
Librarian Fran Bell and Congressman Rick Crawford show off the stack of books donated to the Marked Tree Public Library through Library of Congress' Surplus Book Program. (DT Photo/Corey Clairday)

Congressman Rick Crawford visited the Marked Tree Public Library last week to deliver 250 books from the Library of Congress' Surplus Books Program.

The Library of Congress receives more than 20,000 items a day, but only half of the material is retained for the library's permanent collection. The remainder is designated for donation through the Surplus Books Program.

"Every book published is submitted to the Library of Congress," Crawford said. "They receive multiple copies, but they only archive one." The rest would be destoryed if they were not donated to libraries.

Crawford said the Marked Tree Public Library he had delivered books to in the last two months since his office has participated in the program.

"It would cost more to destroy them than it does to distribute them," Crawford said. "It's a good use of taxpayer money. The Library of Congress would have to use tax money to destroy them, so donating the books is helping to save tax money."

Crawford was contacted by officials at local libraries requesting his help with the Surplus Books Program. A few weeks ago, Crawford and his staff personally selected the books that were donated to the Marked Tree Public Library.

"I am excited the Marked Tree Library will be able to benefit from the Library of Congress's Surplus Books Program. My staff and I hope we can work with other libraries at home to benefit from the program," Crawford said. "Libraries are often the first place young people begin to learn about their world and the Surplus Books Program will help libraries in Arkansas expand their collection."

Through the Surplus Books Program, the Library of Congress donates a variety of books not needed for its own purposes to public agencies of local and state governments, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations.

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