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Library appreciation expressed

Ann Nevers is an especially well traveled woman.

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Beth Marshall, left, director of outreach services for Logan County Libraries, discusses the books she’s dropping off Tuesday for Lakeview resident Ann Nevers. EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH

Just this week she’s scheduled trips ranging from the mountains of Colorado to the beaches of California.

Ms. Nevers even plans to travel internationally, and she won’t even have to leave the comforts of her living room.

“I travel through the books,” she said Wednesday, sorting through her latest offering of books from the library.

“I love to read and the books take me anywhere I want to go.”

The Lakeview resident is among 72 home-bound patrons enrolled in Logan County Libraries’ outreach program, which makes monthly trips to individual homes to deliver books and other library materials.  

Beth Marshall directs the outreach program. She started with the Knowlton Library in 2004, and has been the outreach director for about a year.

“The outreach program has been around for more than 10 years,” Mrs. Marshall said. “Kathy Ashbaugh did it before me and she had it down to a science.

“You get attached to these folks pretty quickly, and visiting them in their homes gives you a chance to hear about what they’re interested in and the books they like.”

A formal recognition of National Library Week continues through Saturday, but as Ms. Nevers explained, she appreciates the library every time she cracks open a book in her favorite chair in the corner of her living room.

“That’s how I usually spend my mornings, I read,” she said. “My mind is ready to get up and my body doesn’t always agree.

“My body is slower to catch up to my mind in the morning, and my mind stays sharp because I read.”

Ms. Nevers said her taste in books spans the literary spectrum, from Christian fiction to mysteries and thrillers.

“I even read Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E.L. James, she said of one of the books which made the list of most “challenged” books recently announced by the American Library Association.

Though, she does acknowledge a bias toward female authors.

The 70-year-old Lakeview resident has long held a library card. She used to regularly go to the Lakeview branch.

Read the full story in Wednesday's Examiner. 

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