Library gets classic books dealing with courage

July 02, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

Local library patrons will have a new opportunity to learn about courage due to a gift from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Western Maryland Public Libraries - made up of the library systems of Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties - was one of 1,000 applicants selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities to receive a collection of 15 classic books on the theme of courage.

The National Endowment for the Humanities, part of the federal government, calls the selection the "We the People Bookshelf on Courage."


Noel Milan, a spokesman for the National Endowment, said Thursday that 1,273 library systems applied for the books.

The donated books will be circulated throughout the three library systems, said Rick Thomas, a grants writer for Western Maryland Public Libraries.

The library systems also received promotional material, including posters and bookmarks, to let patrons know about the books and the federal program, Thomas said.

The National Endowment chose the books for the program by working with scholars and the American Library Association, Milan said.

The books in the program range from stories for children in grades kindergarten through third, to "The Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison and "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee for students in grades nine through 12.

More information, including the list of books, is available on the Internet at

Plans are under way for the distribution of another set of books, this time on the topic of freedom, to 1,000 applicants, Milan said.

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