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McLouth USD 342 library to have fundraising campaign

October 27, 2010, 12:00 a.m.

Updated: 12:00 a.m.

McLouth USD 342 Library is launching a new fundraising program called Book Boosters, which is designed to provide books and other materials that promote literacy and encourage patrons to read. The program will start Monday and conclude Dec. 22, 2010.

“This program is unusual because 100 percent of proceeds go toward buying books,” said Book Boosters spokesperson and school librarian Gabrielle Holcomb.

Another feature, one that might be welcome for many patrons: There are no catalogs to peruse or gifts to buy.

“It’s all online contributions, which makes it nice for people who don’t want to buy something or feel pressured to buy,” Holcomb said. “We’ve had a lot of feedback about how people feel overwhelmed by the number of gift catalogs they receive for fundraisers, so this program is ideal.”

The fundraising campaign is being run in partnership with Jacksonville, Ill.,-based Perma-Bound Books, a provider of books and reading materials to libraries across the United States. All of the money donated through Book Boosters will go toward purchasing books or other items from the company. Perma-Bound will ship the items for free.

“We picked the Perma-Bound program because we’ve dealt with them in the past and we’ve been pleased with their products and service,” Holcomb said. “Their binding lasts for years, and they offer an unconditional guarantee on their books, which is a money-saver for us and is increasingly rare these days.”

Like many other libraries, the McLouth USD 342 library has faced budget cuts in recent years. This year there is no budget for the library. That makes fundraising campaigns such as the Book Boosters especially important for patrons, Holcomb said.

Local 4-H’ers and McLouth Elementary School students, Annabelle and Madison Vaught, have taken up the charge of leading this year’s fundraising as one of their community service projects and are working with Holcomb to see this project succeed.

“Such a program can really make a big difference, especially in times like these,” Holcomb said.

For more information, contact Holcomb, or Annabelle or Madison Vaught or visit the McLouth USD 342 Library’s Book Booster webasite on or after Nov. 1 at


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