As the library began its capital campaign to construct a new facility, Kiwanis Club members made a commitment to donate $50,000 over 10 years to aid the library. The funds were designated for the Kiwanis Kids Corner, a portion of the children's department designed to promote early literacy and a lifelong love of reading.
On Wednesday afternoon, just two years into its 10-year time frame, Kiwanis fulfilled its pledge to the local library. Through its inaugural Duck Blast in 2011, Kiwanis Club members provided $20,000 as a first installment on its pledge. The presentation was made on the steps of the old library.
On Wednesday, club members held a meeting in the community room of McIver's Grant Public Library's new facility -- now open to the public. At the meeting, Kiwanis Club members presented a check for $30,000 to Library Director Dara Gonzales and took a group photo in front of the entrance to the Kid's Zone. The funds from Wednesday's donation were raised through the second annual Duck Blast in mid-December.
Gonzales made a short presentation at the meeting, sharing facts about McIver's Grant Public Library's new hours of operation and additional programming offered through the new facility.
Gonzales said the 2011-2012 fiscal year provided the community with nearly $2.1 million in retail value through its many programs.
Programs with a retail value totaling $2,079,765.25 included:
* 167 programs attended -- retail value of $1,461.25 (attendance multiplied by $8, the average price of a movie ticket)
* 2,034 video rentals -- retail value of $2,034 (rentals multiplied by $1, the minimum cost of renting from Redbox)
* 14,535 computer users -- retail value of $174,420 (Internet uses multiplied by $12, the cost of use per hour at the nearest FedEX office in Memphis)
* 84,810 books circulated -- retail value of $1,696,200 (books circulated multiplied by $20, the price between a hard- and soft-cover book; audio books circulated multiplied by $30, the average cost of purchasing an audio book)
McIver's Grant Public Library resources include:
* almost 40,000 books
* nearly 2,000 audio books
* over 1,000 DVDs
* 30,000 (and growing) audio books and e-books available through the READs program
The library's 42 computers also provide free access to resume-writing services, ACT/SAT practice exams, job and career resources and consumer health databases.
The new facility's hours of operation:
* Monday -- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Tuesday -- 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
* Wednesday -- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Thursday -- 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
* Friday -- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Saturday -- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"For every Dyer County citizen's initial investment of $6.82, McIver's Grant Public Library yielded a return of $66.08," said Gonzales. "It is your community effort that makes this building exist, from $1 donations all the way up. So 'Bravo!' to you!"