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Officials with Lawton Public Library display some of the electronic devices that will be able to use the new e-book program that Library Director Kristin Herr said is possible because of a grant from the Laura Fields Trust. Pictured are, from left: Herr; Jenny Breeden, president of Friends of the Lawton Public Library; Sheila Fountain, with the Laura Fields Trust (with Taira Fountain standing in front of her); and Patty Neuwirth, chair of the Lawton Public Library board.

Grant will fund e-reader program

A Lawton trust is helping Lawton Public Library launch its e-reader program.

Library Director Kristin Herr said a $10,000 grant from the Laura Fields Trust was offered on a matching basis earlier this fiscal year, after library supporters began scrambling to find funding for materials. The Trust offered to provide money on a 2-1 basis, meaning it would give the library $1 for every $2 raised by the group that took on the challenge on behalf of the library: Friends of the Lawton Public Library. The Trust pledged to match funds up to $10,000.

"The Friends raised $20,000 over the last year, through things such as the International Festival (selling soft drinks) and their book sales," Herr said, noting that others pitched in to help raise the $20,000 that has been matched with the $10,000 grant that now will be used to buy books and other materials for the library.

Topping the list is something Herr has wanted to do since she became library director last year: Institute an e-reader program.

For those who are not techno-savvy, e-readers are electronic devices (think iPads and Kindles) where electronic versions of books may be downloaded and read. It's a trend that is growing in popularity, Herr said.

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