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Long Lake Public Library receives grant to purchase large-print books

ST. AGATHA, Maine — The Long Lake Public Library recently purchased 42 new large-print books thanks to a grant from the Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust Fund.

The 42 large-print books include titles from authors such as James Patterson, Danielle Steel, Nora Roberts and more.

“At the Long Lake Public Library, we have many growing families that join us on a regular basis, to take out books, to attend our events or to just enjoy time at the Library, but we also have to think of our adult population,” said Long Lake Public Library librarian Jenna St. Onge.

The LLPL received the grant in the amount of $1,000 from the Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust Fund, which was established in 1986 to help libraries in smaller population communities serve their patrons.

Samuel Rudman frequently traveled throughout Maine — particularly Down East — on business, according to St. Onge.

“He was struck by the commitment to learning and reading as evidenced in libraries in the majority of towns he passed through, regardless of their size,” St. Onge said. “He and Mrs. Rudman encourage libraries in smaller communities to continue and expand programming and outreach through the trust that bears their name.”

The library decided to write the grant to get large-print books for the older population of library-goers because St. Onge said they saw a rise in the need for them.

“Due to the size of our large-print collection, there wasn’t a huge variation for our patrons to choose from,” St. Onge said. “Now, due to the grant we were able to add to this collection and get some of the most recent book releases for our patrons to read.”

St. Onge said the library and its visitors are excited to have the books as part of the collection.

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