Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

East St. Louis Library Getting Two Satellites

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

East St. Louis Library Getting Two Satellites

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Kerry Meaders, 8, and Eric Meaders, 5, knocked quietly at the door of the East St. Louis Public Library. They peeked in and then burst inside, running straight for the shelves to pick out "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" and "Anatole and the Pied Piper."

"This is what we like to see," said Eddie A. Jackson, president of the library board of trustees.

The boys sat down at a small, round table and flipped open their books.

Such a love of books is what state and local officials hope to encourage when they open two new public libraries in communities near East St. Louis this summer.

State officials announced a $130,376 grant Wednesday to set up the libraries in Centreville and Washington Park. Neither has its own library now. The satellite libraries will be run by the East St. Louis Public Library.

To get the collections started, Secretary of State George Ryan, who came to the the East St. Louis library to announce the grant, gave local librarians copies of "The King and the Tortoise" and "The First Settlements."

As early as this month, preschoolers and their big brothers and sisters will have these and hundreds of other volumes to read.

The libraries will be located at the Centreville City Hall, 5800 Bond Avenue, and the old Washington Park City Hall, 5621 Forest Boulevard.

The libraries also will serve residents of Fairmont City and Alorton.

The new libraries will be supplied with books for preschoolers to encourage an early appreciation of books. …

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