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April 25, 2014

Trees Forever's impact felt at all Clinton schools

There was a nice article about Trees Forever and Prince of Peace students planting trees to take home. However, this project takes place in all Clinton public school third-grade classrooms as well. This project has a much wider scope and should have been noted in the article. This project has been in the Herald other years giving full information to both public and private third-grade classrooms.

Mary Ann Nelson,

Clinton

National Day of Prayer observed May 1

Thursday, May 1, is the National Day of Prayer. Our local gathering will be from 12:20 to 12:40 p.m. by the flags on the front lawn of the Clinton County Courthouse. Please join us in praying together for our nation, leaders and families.

Nancy Heun,

Erie, Ill.

Please help book sale find home

The Friends of the Library annual book sale is in jeopardy.

For the last several years, the FOL has moved many times from place to place in order to find the space to accommodate this project. With the water damage this past winter at Elijah Buell, the situation has approached crisis mode.

The number of books for the book sale in an average year is 20,000 or more. The amount of space normally needed for the book sale is 10,000 square feet.

The growth of the book sale has funded many different projects that are not covered by the library budget. This year it is especially crucial due to the large budget cuts.

Years ago it started with books in boxes but has grown to sorting by genre per room and in alphabetical order by author.

Growth also causes a problem in that as more people donate more books, more people come and buy more books. We need a larger facility for storing and selling.

The book sale is made possible by the dedication of volunteers who prepare for this sale all year.

The current situation is that we do not have a large enough space to hold a sale equal to prior years.

We have an urgent need and are desperate for some community-minded benefactors to step forward and offer the use of an appropriate space.

Without help, a difficult decision may have to be made about future book sales.

Does the Clinton community want to lose one more thing?

Judy Hammen,

Clinton

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