It could be considered Christmas all year long, thanks to the volunteer work of the Friends of the Library in Harker Heights.

In November, the group’s primary annual event, “Have Book Will Read,” distributed more than 800 books to pre-kindergarten students in Harker Heights and Nolanville elementary schools and Head Start. The students were allowed to keep a book of their choice.

Many children cannot afford books to read at home, as Jeanine Madden, children’s librarian at Harker Heights Public Library, discovered. She said a student who received a book at one of the schools told her, “I never got a book before.”

Through year-round fundraisers and other activities, the Friends of the Library fulfills its goals of providing books to and promoting enjoyable experiences at the library and getting books into the hands of Harker Heights families.

“This organization thinks there’s nothing better to do than give books to children,” Library Director Lisa Youngblood said.

The Friends of the Library boasts a membership up to 25 and has been involved in library service projects and fundraisers since 1980, according to Sue Dunlap, chairperson.

Some upcoming events sponsored by the Friends include Wrapping for the Holidays from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and the Library Holiday Party at 6 p.m. Thursday.

For more information about the Friends of the Library, call (254) 953-5461 or (254) 519-8173.

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