Fortunately, our library in Heber/Overgaard gets book donations from our local residents regularly, which is one of the ways the all volunteer library stays open and able to serve the community. Recently two boxes of books were sent as donations and to the surprise of the library volunteers the books came all the way from Japan, Yes, you read that correctly Japan!!
The sender was Jay Whetton who was born and raised in Heber/Overgaard and after leaving our fair community moved to New York for a time and now resides in Japan. Knowing that our library always needs donations, Jay shipped his used books to our Rim Community Library. One box of books cost 6000 Yen to ship and the other box cost 5400 Yen. That’s a total of 11,400 Yen and using the valuation of the Japanese Yen versus the U.S.A. Dollar for February 2012, the cost of shipping the books was between $138.00 and $146.00 in U.S.A. funds. What a wonderful show of support for someone so far away to their community and our library. Jay deserves the sincere thanks from our community and the Rim Community Library personnel.
Our library is one of the very few all volunteer libraries still in existence in America. It was built from community donations, time and labor. Some support is received from the Navajo County Library program. In addition, the many volunteers, fund raisers, donations, sales of used books, bake sales and donated items from the Friends of the Library (FOL) sales room are all added to keep the library running.
A new addition that will be used as the children’s and young adult area was begun last summer and as funds are raised, construction will continue until the addition is complete. There is still a long way to go and more donations needed to complete the project. Donations are tax deductible, can be dropped off at the library or mailed to the Rim Community Library, P.O. Box 305, Heber, AZ 85928.
Book donations, CD’s, DVD’s, VHS tapes or donations of gently used items that can be sold are always needed and appreciated. As with all volunteer organizations, volunteers are always also needed to help with many facets of the daily operation. The Rim Community Library is located at 3404 Mustang Ave. across from the LDS Church on the road that leads to Mogollon High School. If you haven’t been there, stop in and be impressed.