Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas City Councilmembers Ann Margolin and Monica Alonzo joined members of the Friends of the Dallas Public Library and Comerica executives, including Chairman and CEO Ralph Babb and Texas Market President Pat Faubion, at the North Oak Cliff branch to unveil Comerica’s generous donation.
Donation Addresses a Need in the Community
“During town hall meetings we held last year, one of the biggest complaints we received was that there was not enough African American books in our collection,” said Corinne Hill, Interim Director of the Dallas Public Libraries. “With Comerica’s generous gift, we are able to give library patrons the resources they need.”
The new collection features close to 900 e-books by or about African-Americans and increases the System’s total e-book collection by more than 6 percent. The e-books, available for download to any Dallas Library patron, include adult literature, children’s literature, biographies, non-fiction and fiction books. The collection features books by prominent African American authors like Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison and Serita Ann Jakes, who was on hand for the ceremony to read an excerpt from her new book The Crossing, and about prominent African Americans like Harriett Tubman, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jackie Robinson.
As part of its donation to the non-profit group Friends of the Dallas Public Library, Comerica also purchased 30 Kindle e-readers for use by patrons of the North Oak Cliff and Polk Wisdom library branches.
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