Ladies of the Brownwood #1 Bamboos Mah Jongg club used proceeds from their activities to purchase and donate a Kindle e-reader, with wifi connectivity, to the Brownwood Library. They made the presentation to library director Matt McConnell Tuesday afternoon.

The dozen or so members meet weekly in local Mah Jongg tournaments, making small donations to participate. Once the "kitty" has accumulated enough money, the group determines where to make a charitable donation.

"We're going to give away the Kindle in a drawing on Saturday September 20," said Sally Porter, "at the close of the book sale we'll have in front of the library." 

The book sale will be held during the Brownwood Reunion Celebration.

"Those purchasing books will be entered in the drawing," Porter said, "and we'll have books of all kinds, for all ages."

McConnell was pleased to be a part of the event and to receive the contribution. The Kindle is a fitting prize for any reader and relative to the library.

"We are partners in a consortium with other libraries, offering access to e-books," McConnells said.

The Brownwood library participates with Big Country Digital to bring readers access to over 2,900 titles through OverDrive, which includes downloadable e-books, audio books, and music. The library's website also includes links to Project Gutenberg - for e-books, TexShare Databases - with many links to magazines, newspapers, journals, encyclopedias, etc., and others.

"Anyone with a library card can access them," said McConnell, "and, once registered, can check out books remotely."

He added that the library offers registered readers the opportunity to borrow items from partner libraries and to search the database from the website.

Ann Willard invited others to join the Mah Jongg club, many members of which also compete in larger tournaments and are members of the National Mah Jongg League. For more information, call her at (325)641-0141.

Porter also reminds everyone they are continuing to accept donations of books, new and used, for the book sale and may drop them at the Brownwood Library.