My KDL Story: Jack DeVries
"It was one of the best days of my career as a children's librarian, because the library mattered so much to him that he wanted to give us his money..."
Last fall, 3-year-old Jack DeVries walked into the Byron Township branch with a gift for children's librarian Barb DeYoung.
"In his little hand, closed so very tight, were three pennies," recalled "Miss Barb," as she's known to pint-sized patrons.
Jack's mother, Kathy, explained that her son had earned the pennies for doing chores around the house.
It was his idea to donate to KDL, Kathy said.
"We love the library. We’ve been going there together since he was a baby."
And their library loves them right back.
"It was one of the best days of my career as a children's librarian, because the library mattered so much to him that he wanted to give us his money," said Miss Barb. "The look on his face when he handed over the pennies was priceless."
As mentioned in a recent blog post from KDL Director Lance Werner, 87 percent of KDL's budget comes from property taxes. And as property taxes decline in a tough economy, so too does our funding.
Interestingly, public library use also skyrockets during a tough economy, as patrons rely more and more on our free resources and services.
Jack's donation meant the world to us. No donation is too small. Thank you for making KDL such an important part of your lives!
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