Cost of returned books stacks up

Published 10:12 am Thursday, August 14, 2014

Having undelivered Imagination Library books returned from the post office is proving more costly than the Carter County Imagination Library Board expected.
Board treasurer Joyce White told board members Wednesday that only $72 remains in the fund to cover the cost of postage on books returned due to incomplete addresses or because the family had moved.
White said the board had received a $500 anonymous donation to cover the returned book postage during the six-month trial period. With around three months left, White warned the remaining $72 probably would not get the group through the rest of this month.
“It is costing more than we expected it would,” White said. “We are looking at other options right now, but the $72 probably won’t get us through a month. It is not going to get us through the rest of the six-month trial period.”
Board member Pat Hicks asked how much would be needed to cover the postage for the rest of the six months.
White said between $200 and $300 would cover the extra postage.
Hicks made a motion for the board to provide an extra $300 for the postage, which was seconded by Charlotte Caudill and unanimously approved.
Board chair Lilo Duncan updated the board on the 10th anniversary celebration for the state Imagination Library.
The celebration will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 27, starting at 9:30 a.m.
Preschool and Head Start students from both the city and the county school systems have been invited, and Duncan said around 200 children are expected.
The celebration will feature music, guests and each child will receive a cupcake and a gift.

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