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Kiwanis donates $30,000 to McIver's Grant Public Library

Friday, February 22, 2013

Kiwanis Club members donated $30,000 to McIver's Grant Public Library at a meeting in the library's community room on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The donation completes the club's pledge of $50,000 in just two years. The club originally agreed to donate the funds over 10 years. The funds were raised through the club's 2011 and 2012 Duck Blast fundraisers. Here, Kiwanis members pose with a big check in front of the Kid's Zone, which houses the Kiwanis Kids Corner.
The Dyersburg Kiwanis Club fulfilled its $50,000 pledge to McIver's Grant Public Library with a check presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

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!"

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