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Donate Books for Kate's Kart - until Nov. 30

Posted on November 07, 2016 at 4:00 PM

The Wells County Public Library will be collecting new books for the Kate’s Kart organization during the month of November. The books will then go to the Kate’s Kart at Bluffton Regional Medical Center and be handed out to hospitalized children and siblings to keep for their enjoyment.

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Library staff members Nancy Lowe and Robin Barton (pictured left to right) are standing next to the drop off display directly inside the doors at the Main Library in Bluffton. Books can be dropped off anytime the library is open at the Main Library, as well as, the Ossian Branch.

Because the books are given away in a hospital setting it is important the books that are donated are new. Some popular books include board books for newborns and babies, picture books with popular tv/movie characters, sports figure books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, World Record books, or books for young adults. If you prefer you can also donate gift cards for book stores or cash/checks.

All donations will go directly to Kate’s Kart and be sorted specifically for the kart in Bluffton, which is also pictured with Bluffton Regional Medical Center staff members Dawn Davis, PCA, and Jenny Esmond, RN (left to right).

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“We appreciate having it for the kids, especially when they’re ill or have an injury and are scared,” said Jenny Esmond about Kate’s Kart. “It’s something that brightens their ER visit. The kids really appreciate it and so do their parents. The different age levels of books on the cart means we can give a child a book that is appropriate for them.”

Kate’s Kart was founded in 2008 by the Layman family, in memory of their daughter Katherine Layman, and supplies free books to hospitalized children in more than 16 area hospitals. The books donated from this book drive will go directly to children at Bluffton Regional Medical Center, where a “kart” was initially made possible through a donation from the Powers family in memory of their son Xander Powers. To find out more you can go to www.kateskart.org.



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Written by Emily Marshall

Hey everyone! I’m Emily Marshall. As the Community Relations Manager for WCPL, I’m usually sitting in front of my computer creating posters in Photoshop, planning library programs, or teaching computer classes. In my spare time, I enjoy reading teen books, watching way too much TV, traveling, playing board games, and trying to convince people that cheesy Hallmark Channel and ABC Family original movies aren't “that bad.” I also love messages, so feel free to email me at emarshall(at)wellscolibrary.org.

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