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Posted on: December 17, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Library Enthusiast Spreads the Love


As a young boy, he remembers being frustrated that he couldn’t check out books from the public library in Pierre because he didn’t live in the city. Now Clark Stone is positioned to do something about it, and he is.

“I’ll purchase a library card for anyone living in rural Hughes and Stanley Counties who needs the financial assistance,” said Stone.

Library cards are complimentary to anyone living in Pierre or Fort Pierre. That’s because the Cities of Pierre and Fort Pierre fund Rawlins Library. However, people living outside city limits in either community aren’t eligible for a complimentary card.

“A library card costs $35 a year,” said Stone. “I’m happy to pay that price to spread the love of reading.”

Rawlins Library Director Robin Schrupp says the more the merrier.

“We have always welcomed all readers through our doors,” said Schrupp. “This contribution means more of those readers can now borrow materials too. It’s a wonderful gift!”

Those interested in the program should contact Rawlins Library to request a brief income-based form. If you qualify for assistance, the card fee will be paid by Mr. Stone, and a one-year card will be provided to you.

Rawlins Library offers more than 159,000 books, ebooks, digital magazines and other materials for research and entertainment.  Each year, more than 150,000 people visit the library with an average daily count of more than 430 patrons. It also offers programs for readers of all ages, including programs specifically designed for children.  

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