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New collection at Forsyth libraries to target adults learning to read

Other action

Also during its meeting Monday, the Forsyth County Public Library Board approved:

* Writing off $45,030 in uncollectable patron debt from 2012, including the value of 1,078 lost items, $20,309 in unpaid overdue fines, $4,834 in uncollected fees and $149 in unpaid damage fees.

* Closing the libraries on Columbus Day for staff training.


-- Kayla Robins

FORSYTH COUNTY — Libraries in Forsyth County soon will have books available for checkout that target adults who are learning to read.

The adult emerging readers collection was made possible by a $2,500 donation to the Forsyth County Public Library from Literacy Forsyth, according to Anna Lyle, director of the four-branch library system.

The donation, which was unanimously approved during Monday’s library board meeting, initially calls for 166 items with catalog tags specifying the collection.

Of the total $1,500 was made in memory of the late Kathy Jolly, a longtime community activist who helped start Literacy Forsyth, which is a nonprofit that promotes adult education and language classes for adults learning English.

Jolly passed away in July at age 57.

Denise Leeson, branch manager at the Cumming Library and vice chair of the Literacy Forsyth board, helped coordinate the donation.

She said Literacy Forsyth tutors will teach students how to find the books through the library catalog system.

Linda Kelly, assistant director for materials for the library system, said the books were chosen with a goal of being interesting and exciting for adults to read and that certain publishers specialize in books written in this easy-to-read mindset.