sells his favorite video games to help build a new public library.
Ten-year-old Samuel Trotter loves coming to the library. When the library was condemned in 2002 Sam was there with his mother, Susan, and his sister, Leta to help pack up over 20,000 books and take them to storage units.
Sam helped unpack and repack books again each time the library was set-up in new temporary quarters, and he has volunteered to help with Story Time and Summer Reading Program presentations.
Library board treasurer, Meg Barrow came up with a new fund raising idea on April 26th of this 2003. The public would be asked to sponsor a square foot of the proposed new library for $25.00.
Sam was determined to sponsor a square foot - all by himself. For three months he did odd jobs, and finally made what for most children would be the ultimate sacrifice. He sold some of his toys and all but one of his favorite video games. Sam's family is not rich but they are very giving people.
On July 31, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. Sam came to the last temporary location of the Alvarado Public Library to pay for his square foot. He asked that his square foot be located in our "Hank the Cowdog" book section.
How often do we find anyone who is so self-sacrificing? Especially a ten-year-old boy?
Local Artist Draws His Heart Out!
Local artist Ricky Poulter is drawing his heart out for the new Alvarado Public Library project. [Ricky raised $126.50 by drawing cartoon and comic book characters as well as caricatures of local citizens like Mayor Tom Durington and his wife Judy. Ricky donated all the money he receives, for the drawings, to the Alvarado Public Library Building Fund. Ricky's hard work and unselfish attitude are an inspiration to us all.]
Terry Cowan gearing up to work on some
Wakefield takes down an emergency exit sign.
[In order to cut costs the library incorporated many recycled materials from the old library building, such as bathroom fixtures, interior doors, door stops, door frames, windows, and wooden shelving.]
Groundbreaking for the new Alvarado Public Library took place on Tuesday, April 6th,
2004 at 6:30 p.m.
We "Broke the Ground" and watched as storm clouds threatened the construction
site for the new Alvarado Public Library!