December 2016 — New Computers in the Children’s Area
This year Friends was able to purchase two new Early Literacy Station computers in the children’s area to replace the last of the older units. This brings to a total of 6 updated AWE computers that Friends has purchased for the Children’s Area with touch-screen technology and educational games for children ages 2-8. These computers contain counting and letter recognition games for preschoolers, read-along stories, and math, science and geography games for older children. These sturdy computers not only encourage literacy and STEM skills, but also build digital literacy skills too. “These computers are a huge success with our families and the children’s department truly appreciates the generosity of Friends in providing the updated technology for our young patrons,” says Children’s Librarian, Doreen Miller.
February 2016 — Major Gift to Friends and the Library Announced
At the February 2016 meeting, Friends President Gloria Bishop announced a recent major gift to the Friends of $75,000 from Rockwall residents Gail and Jim McCurry. While the gift is unrestricted in its use by the library, of special interest to the McCurrys are the programs offered through the Adult Literacy Center which has been supported by Friends since 2000.
Both Gail and Jim are former educators and believe in the power of education to transform people’s lives. “Education is the solution to a lot of our problems in the world today,” said Jim. “We use the library ourselves and it is dear to our hearts. We were really impressed with the Adult Literacy Center and the opportunity it provides for the students to improve their lives and those of their entire family,” added Gail. In recognition of their gift, the center has been renamed the Gail and Jim McCurry Adult Literacy Center.