A dream that began before some Carolina Community 4-H members were even born will become a reality June 3 when a library opens in the community center.
Connie Patterson, Itawamba County 4-H youth agent, said the 4-H and the Carolina Community Rural Community Development Council started the project about eight years ago. Through the years, books have been donated to help start the library, which will be housed in the Carolina Community Center.
“Our community is fortunate to have a facility where we can have a library,” said Pam Fogg, leader of the Carolina 4-H group, which has about seven members. The purpose of the library, she said, is to provide a place where all members of the community can come.
The program received a boost recently through a $1,000 4-H Youth Serving America Grant. The grant, which is underwritten by Metropolitan Life Insurance, was the only one of its type awarded in Mississippi, Patterson said. He said there were three national 4-H awards given, but the one to the Carolina 4-H was the only Youth Serving America award.
This grant will help the group buy additional books needed for the library, especially children’s books. To date, the group has collected 1,000 books of all types. Books have come from individual donations, the Amory Library and the Itawamba Community College Book Give Away.
Barbara Grudzien said she has categorized and arranged about 600 of the books in the Dewey decimal system. There are about 400 more books to be categorized before the June opening.
Mysteries, non-fiction, fiction, educational and technical books can be found in the small room of the Carolina Community Center.
Members of the 4-H club said they hope residents take advantage of their books.
“It seems good for the community to have a library this close,” said Beverly Grudzien, 10. “You will get to know people and make friends.”
Morgan Fogg, 8, said she hopes strangers to the community will come to the library. “They may get to know us and get a few friends,” she said.