A $25,000 grant from the Auen Foundation will add more large print books to the Rancho Mirage Public Library’s permanent collection. The gift was recently presented to the Rancho Mirage Public Library Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the award-winning, independent City-managed library and its programs.
“We are delighted that the Auen Foundation chose to support the Rancho Mirage Public Library Foundation,” said Diane Sagan, the organization’s chairperson. “This generous gift will help the Rancho Mirage Public Library maintain excellence in collections, services and programs.”
“Large print books keep our community’s seniors reading, even when they experience changes in their vision,” said Sherrie Auen, Program Director for the Auen Foundation. “No one should be denied the opportunity to read. It’s a part of lifelong learning that so many people enjoy.”
Now celebrating the library’s 20th anniversary, the Rancho Mirage Public Library has been recognized as one of the busiest and most admired libraries of its size in California. The library offers print publications for all ages, multimedia selections, access to technology. Plus, entertainment and cultural enrichment programs are part of the library’s regular schedule.
“The Rancho Mirage Public Library was built on community partnerships, and we are happy to be a part of what makes this a fine community asset,” said Catharine Reed, senior program officer for the Auen Foundation.
The library has started purchasing and processing a collection that will include at least 1,500 new large print books with the Auen Foundation funding. In recent years, publishers have been actively producing more large print books in paperback. This lighter, easy-to-read format, improves the reading experience for those needing this type of assistance to maintain the pleasure of reading.
“This is a tremendous gift that will have long term impact on the availability of large print books for our patrons who keep reading because of their comfort with this format,” said David Bryant, library director. “Each book we add will have a bookplate, noting that the volume is available because of the generosity of the Auen Foundation.”
All of the new large print books will be available for checkout with a Rancho Mirage Public Library card. California residents with a valid ID can receive a card through an easy registration process. Seasonal residents, showing proof of a Rancho Mirage address, will also be issued a free card. Out-of-state visitors are charged a modest card fee. The library is eager to serve the entire Coachella Valley and beyond.
The Rancho Mirage Public Library is located at 71–100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage. For more information, go to www.ranchomiragelibrary.org or call 760–341-7323.
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