Senior staff writer
Supporters of Greenwood Library celebrated the library’s impact on the community during “Booked for the Evening.” Guest speaker Priscilla Keith, executive director of community benefit of Community Health Network, recalled her path to becoming an avid reader after being diagnosed as a poor reader as a child.
Her family’s encouragement and support and visits to her nearest library fostered a reading habit that eventually led to her graduation from Indiana University School of Law. “A library is an essential part of the community – a place of learning,” she said.
The event also featured Keith congratulating Eric Winning and Josh Corbeil for raising more than $6,000 by competing in the Rugged Mania race of stamina and agility, which included crawling in 30 feet of mud in Paoli for the past two years. Through “Running for Reading” they obtained donations to help fund the library’s programs through Friends of GPL.
Also honored was outgoing library board member Mike Crumbo, who was presented a variety of books and gifts by board president Lori Feller. Cheryl Dobbs, the library’s director, emphasized the importance of Friends of the Greenwood Library, which supports the library with materials, equipment and programming.
Dobbs explained that all programs are funded through donations from the organization. “The library is a reading revolution center,” she said. Balloons throughout the library honored donors for their contributions.