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Lewis and Clark librarian donates her half-million dollar estate to Missoula Public Library

“A former Missoula public school teacher and librarian donated $500,000 to the foundation for the Missoula Public Library for children’s programming.Lorraine Jay, who worked at Lewis and Clark School for around 20 years, left the foundation her half-million-dollar estate, the largest donation in the foundation’s history. She died this summer.” (via missoulian.com)

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Debate about use of librarian’s donation to UNH continues

“Students at the University of New Hampshire are still talking about the $4 million gift a frugal librarian left to the school when he died last year.Hannah Lacey and Keegan Fecher were studying at Dimond Library where cataloguer Robert Morin worked for nearly 50 years Friday afternoon. They said they heard the story about how he amassed his wealth by driving an older vehicle and eating frozen dinners. Fecher said students are opposed to the administration’s decision to use a quarter of the money on a new video scoreboard for Wildcat Stadium, not seeing the connection between a librarian and football, even though he understands the school’s perspective.” (via New Hampshire)

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Syracuse University Libraries receives donation to boost adult education materials

“Syracuse University Libraries recently received a $50,000 donation from former faculty members to digitize materials like cassette tapes from the adult and continuing education collection.The donation from Alexander Charters and Margaret Charters will create the Alexander N. Charters Library Initiative Fund, and the money will go toward the 96 different materials in the adult and continuing education collection, said Lucy Mulroney, senior director for the Special Collections Research Center at SU Libraries. The collection has photographs, films, recordings of lectures and schedules of classes, Mulroney said.” (via The Daily Orange)

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Couple gives $1.6 million to MU libraries, scholarships

“A $1.5 million estate gift will add to the University of Missouri libraries endowment for rare books and special collections. Columbia residents Jan and William Trogdon also pledged to give the university $100,000 for scholarships in the MU School of Health Professions. MU held a news conference at Ellis Library on Friday to discuss the Trogdons’ donation. “Books are important artifacts in our culture,” William Trogdon, an author and MU alumnus, said in a written statement. “My love for books — their look, feel and even their smell — is something inherent within me. This passion that exists for Jan and me, as well as our love for Ellis Library, has made this a very easy decision.” (via Columbia Daily Tribune)

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Semi filled with books helped Biloxi library get back in business

“Ten years ago, a semi truck full of books was bound for a public library in hurricane-ravaged Biloxi, Mississippi. Dozens of cardboard boxes had been sorted, packed and labeled — children’s stories, young adult fiction, adult novels and reference books. Nearly all of them had been collected by one man in Columbia.” (via The Missourian)

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