BALLINGER- The Carnegie Library in Ballinger is adding 84 new books to its catalog thanks to a grant from the Libri Foundation, in Eugene, Oregon. The new books available are mostly children's titles but they also added some youth, math and science books.

Kenna Clark, Library Director, said that the application was submitted to the Libri Foundation in 2010 by former Director Julie Gray, and after the approval the books were received in October 2011. The books had to be processed locally and are already available to the public.

Some of the titles and authors arriving to the library are Exploratopia, more than 400 kid-friendly experiments and explorations for curious minds (hardcover), Dinosaurs, by Thomas R. Holtz, some of the Enola Holmes mysteries series, the Kate and Jim McMullan series for children, Franny Billingsley's Big Bad Bunny, and many more.

The Libri Foundation was established in 1989 for helping rural libraries acquire new, quality, hardcover children's books they could not otherwise afford to buy. Since October 1990, the Foundation has donated almost $5 million worth of new children's books to more than 3,000 libraries in all 50 states.

"This is a great addition to our catalog, we already have these books on the shelves for the public to enjoy, we are very grateful with the Libri Foundation and we will be looking forward to keep on working with them in the future," said Clark.

The total amount donated in books adds up to $1,400. Libraries can apply to the Libri Foundation grant every three years.

The Foundation supports the concept that children who learn to enjoy reading at an early age continue to read throughout their lives. In order to develop a love of reading, children must have access to books which stretch their imaginations, touch their emotions, expand their horizons.

The grant given to the Carnegie Library will help to defray budget cuts that all libraries in Texas are facing.

The Foundation works with the library's Friends of the Library or other local organizations because they believe in community involvement and want to encourage and reward local support of libraries.