Donations benefit the Lake Region Public Library

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
The Lake Region Public Library received two $1,000 donations on the same day, one from the Devils Lake Kiwanis Club and the other from the Devils Lake Rotary Club to be used to help the library join the North Dakota Library2Go Consortium.

On Sept. 25, the Devils Lake Kiwanis Club and Devils Lake Rotary Club each presented checks for $1,000 to the Lake Region Public Library.  

These generous donations were made in support of the library joining the North Dakota Library2Go Consortium.  As of August 31, the library became the twentieth public library in the state to join.

Jim Chattin, library director, and Nancy Lundon, newly-elected president of the Lake Region Public Library Board of Directors, thanked the Kiwanis president, Lee Christofferson, and especially Colleen Batton, who first contacted the library after she had heard about its recent initiative.

Darlene Brown, Rotary president, was thanked for her organization's generosity, as well.  

“These generous donations are an immense help in our library's ability to fund our first year in the Library2Go Consortium,” Chattin stated.  “They are very much appreciated by the library, and can be enjoyed as of today by the many patrons who will enjoy this new service,” said Nancy Lundon.  Indeed, September 25th was the first day this service was made available to library patrons.

All members of the Library2Go Consortium have contracts with OverDrive, Inc., an Ohio-based firm which provides the necessary interface between thousands of public libraries around the world and hundreds of publishers.

The fee for one year's service with OverDrive and Library2Go is $3,000 for the Lake Region Public Library.  Of this amount, one-third is paid to OverDrive for its services and two-thirds to Library2Go to pay for new E-materials.  All titles so purchased are added to the consortium's collection, however, all items are leased, not owned, from OverDrive.

Currently there are over 8,000 items in the Consortium's database (eBooks, eAudiobooks, and videos).

“Support from organizations like Kiwanis and Rotary make many of the services and materials offered by the library possible,” said Chattin, “We really do appreciate the support.”