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Librarians are upset and banding together following a recent decision by a major publishing house to limit their access to e-books.

Beginning Nov. 1, Macmillan Publishers, one of the so-called Big Fivepublishing companies in North America, will only allow libraries to purchase one copy of each new e-book for the first eight weeks after it has been released.

Librarianswho saythe decision is unfair to readersare campaigning against it.

"Don't treat us like an adversary,we're a stakeholder,"said Ignacio Albarracin, public service manager of the Prince George Library, in an interview on CBC's Daybreak North.

Albarracin said the company is restricting sales because it thinks it will be good for their bottom line, but libraries are a primary customer for publishing houses and would buy more e-books if pricing and licensing terms were better, he said.

'We nurture a culture of readers, so I think we definitely put back into the marketplace more than we put out," said Albarracin.

In a letter from Macmillan PublishersCEO John Sargent to Macmillan authors, illustrators and agents, Sargent says the company is responding to growing fears that library lending was "cannibalizing sales."He writes the new terms are designed to protect the value of the author'swork.

According to Albarracin, retaile-book sales have started to level off but are dramatically increasing at libraries. He said demand has grown in Prince George, and more than 65 libraries in North America have reached ayearly e-book circulation of at least one million.

"It doesn't matter the size of the library,if you're the Toronto Library or you're the Prince George Library.Now, you have one copy for all of your readers so it leads to a lot of frustration," said Albarracin.

All theBig 5 publishers, which include Harper Collins,Hachette Book Group, Penguin Random Houseand Simon & Schuster, have alreadymoved away from a perpetual ownership model, which allowed libraries to keep e-books in circulation permanently.Now, they employ various short-term options with access to books expiring after a few years or followinga set number of loans to library users.

The Canadian Urban Libraries Council, which represents more than 40 libraries across the country, isco-ordinating with the American Library Association and the Urban Libraries Council in the United States in an effort to encourage publishing companies to work with libraries to come up with solutions that balance everyone's needs.

The American Library Association has launched an online campaignto try to stop Macmillan's embargo.

Albarracinsaid he is concerned about the domino effect of Macmillan's decision andthat smaller publishing houses willfollow the company's lead. If attempts by the library industry to convince the publisher to reverse its decision are unsuccessful, he hopes the public will pressure elected officials to get involved.

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The James V. Brown Library board of trustees recently offered details on the Author Gala to be held Thursday, library statistics for September and the success of the summer program.

The 17th annual Author Gala, with feature author Lisa See, is sold out with a waiting list. There will be a silent auction taking place with jewelry, art, two opportunities of tastings with Chef Paul at Le Jeune Chef, cooking classes, a weekend trip to Keuka Lake and more.

All of the proceeds from the event will support the library.

Barbara McGary, executive director, gave the monthly report on library statistics ensuring that the library is continuing to grow in more ways than one.

The James V. Brown Library mission is to be the place to go to learn, connect and grow, she said. We go where the people are. We know the impacts we make everyday.

She added that the multi-generational programs including grandparent story time, programs for babies, story labs and the national family heritage month genealogy programs are just some of the programs that are bringing community members and volunteers together.

We are growing, she added.

McGary also stated the library statistics for the month of September adding the number of citizens that use their book and online services together to show the monthly growth for board members.

There are 20,420 citizens who walk through our doors and visit us online, (weve loaned) 33,000 books and electronic items, she said. We have public access and wireless access for 5,732 members; its a core essential service. We are the place to grow with 66 programs that served 877 people and encouraged 365 volunteer hours.

In other business, Nina White, youth services coordinator, touted the success of last years summer programs with story labs, creative hands-on activities, reading and more.

Summer reading programs have been happening over the course of 130 years to fight the summer slide, the period of time in which children are on break from schools and are not in academic achieving spaces, according to White.

James V. Brown Library holds summer activities over the summer including story labs with reading, an art hands-on lab and a science hands-on lab with activities for children. All of the activities work to ensure children gain experience to be competitive in todays world through activities with critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.

The program also gave out books, pencils and other supplies before the program and offered an open scholastic book fair for the finale.

Many of the programs including the summer camp were full in the first day and have impacted many of the local families, having them excited to come back for the next summer program according to White.

The next meeting will be at 1 p.m. Nov. 21 at the James V. Brown Library on West Fourth Street.

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THC Vaping Products Seized In N.J. Drug BustSeven people have been arrested in New Jersey in a drug bust involving marijuana and THC vaping cartridges.

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NEWBURGH This Fall the Newburgh Free Library at 124 Grand Street in Newburgh, will be joining other libraries in the region to participate in the Great Give Back. The Great Give Back is a community service initiative created by the Suffolk County Public Library Directors Association and the Suffolk Cooperative Library System, in conjunction with the Nassau Library System. The mission of The Great Give Back is to provide a day of opportunities for the patrons of the Public Libraries of New York State to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences.

On Oct. 19th from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. the Newburgh Free Library will host a group art project Have a Stake in Newburgh!, participants of all ages are invited to paint garden stakes with affirmative messages about Newburgh, which will then be placed throughout the City to bring a message of love, hope and community.

On Oct. 22 at the Main Library from 6:30-8 p.m. and Oct. 26 from 10:30 a.m. -noon at the Town Branch Library the Newburgh Free Librarys sewing class, Sew Basic, will teach participants how to hand-sew a warm fleece hat which will be distributed to an adult or child in the community in need of a warm hat. Additionally, the librarys knitting club, Knit & Stitch, will focus on making projects to donate to local causes this fall. Knit & Stitch meets at the Town Branch on select Wednesdays.

The Newburgh Free Library will also be offering its annual Food for Fines program from Nov. 1-22 where patrons can pay off your fines their donating canned or nonperishable food which will be donated to a local food pantry. For each non-perishable food item donated late fees will be waived for one overdue item.

The Newburgh Free Library hours are 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Mon. -Thurs.; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri. and Sat.; and 1 p.m. 5 p.m. on Sun.

For information about library programs, call 563-3625 or visit

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By Bill Primavera

In an age when the wealth of human knowledge and culture can be accessed through a tile-sized tablet, many people would assume that we no longer have any need for a library in the home.

This does not necessarily indicate a decline in literacy. In fact, the members of Generation Y are the most avid purchasers of books. Not only should we not judge a book by its cover, we also shouldnt assume it will be printed on paper.

And yet, the printed book still holds its appeal as an artifact, a memento or an artistic creation, and those who own these objects will want them displayed safely and attractively. (If their physical presence inspires children to read more, so much the better.)

If you have seen collections of books in other peoples homes, you may have noticed how they seem to reveal something about the personality of the collector. In fact, you may want to take a look at your own collection and see if it is conveying a message that meets your approval. Consider the following distinctive home library types and see if you recognize yourself in any of them.

A space lined with shelves, which are in turn crammed with books, maybe two deep, horizontally stacked and tucked in every which way, suggests an academic type who reads widely and deeply. If these books are old editions, or in different languages, we may imagine the reader is a tenured professor in an arcane subject. If the books are stacked, popular paperbacks covering every surface, we may expect their owner to be a zealous fiction fan.

A large collection of books on a single subject naturally reveals the occupants interest, be it mysteries, gardening or history. Its a great first step to getting to know a person better. Be conscious of revealing too much of your own interests; however, my own collection of motivational and self-help books from my earlier stages of personal and professional development would give visitors quite the cross-section of my own preoccupations.

The books themselves may be the items of interest. My wife Margarets Aunt Pearl subscribed to a book club that reissued a classic work every month with exquisite artistic production values. These books were left to us and hold a place of honor in the custom-built shelves of our living room. Serious bibliophiles may also seek out important first editions, signed copies of books or vintage books of other historical interest.

Sometimes books are collected not in their own right, but simply as visual design elements. Many second-hand book shops will advertise their books-by-the-yard rate to interior decorators, who will make their selection based on the size and color of the spines.

The next level of books as decoration is when the titles are chosen based on how much they may impress guests rather than as a reflection of the homeowners interests. You may recall a famous scene in The Great Gatsby where a visitor to Gatsbys library comments knowingly on the scope and quality of the volumes it contains, but also points out that the pages of all the books are uncut; a sign in that age that a book had not yet been read.

To show off your books, first glean them to make sure that the titles you have left are pleasing and useful to you. You may want to group them by category, and then select a different part of your home for each one. (Cookbooks in the kitchen is a popular example.)

Store the books either upright or flat, not at an angle or spine-up, and keep them away from bright sunlight and moisture. If you are keeping more than a few books on each shelf, be certain that the shelf is built for the weight. A load that is excessively heavy can bend the shelf or even make it collapse. The latter happened once at my in-laws home and we were all lucky no one was in the room when it occurred.

A glance online will show you endless varieties of arranging your books, from a ceiling-to-floor wall of shelves with a rolling ladder to access the highest level, to bookshelves built into the structure of a staircase, to bookshelves used as sliding wall dividers.

While I am all for saving the trees, I am also very fond of the layer of interest and inspiration that a shelf full of books gives to a home.

Bill Primavera is a Realtor associated with William Raveis Real Estate and founder of Primavera Public Relations, Inc. ( To engage the services of The Home Guru to market your home for sale, call 914-522-2076.

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Access to information is key to an educated and informed society, but that doesnt mean some public institutions arent monitoring what people are seeing.

At the Williamsburg Public Library, patrons can use the computers, iPads and WiFi for free. However, there are security measures in place that filter what can be accessed, said Barry Trott, special projects and technical services director for the library.

The idea is we want to keep the library a welcoming and safe place and blocking illegal content is part of that mission, Trott said.

Trott said the library follows state code which provides regional libraries with a board, such as the Williamsburg Regional Library, the power to develop an accessible use policy for the internet. This is designed to prevent users from downloading illegal material and blocking material considered harmful to juveniles.

Those policies are considered on a rolling cycle, where anything specific or necessary changes to the filter can be made.

Thats done on all devices accessing the internet through the librarys WiFi, so individuals using their personal devices will also be subject to the filter.

However, Trott said the system isnt perfect and there are times that the filters can over-block certain websites. When this happens, Trott said it can be corrected.

At William & Mary, Suzanne Clavet, spokeswoman for the college, said the school does not censor access to websites from the campus network. Instead, community members are expected to abide by the colleges Information Technology Acceptable Use Policies, which prohibit accessing illegal content on any of the schools public computers.

In Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, students and guests accessing the WiFi also are operating devices under the districts filter.

Brian Landers, senior director of technology for WJCC, said the district contracts through an outside vendor to create filtering technology that both provides security for the districts devices as well as protect students from potentially harmful content.

Its something weve come to depend on a lot, Landers said.

But with technology changing everyday, there are different challenges when it comes to filtering content for student protection. Pattie Bowen, supervisor of instructional technology for the district, said the practices are put in place not to limit student access but to make sure what is being accessed is appropriate and instructional.

We cant say everyday we have it perfect, she said. But we are making the instructional environment as constructive as possible.

Landers said there are different pieces to the filtering process that make it necessary. Part of which is providing protection against hackers who might be able to insert viruses into documents and data which can attack the districts entire network.

For security reasons, Landers said he couldnt provide too much information on how the protection works but so far it has proven successful.

Weve not suffered a breech, he said. We do discover a laptop or desktop that has been affected by some kind of virus, but its just something we constantly have to be on guard against.

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Berkeley resident Jean Durham returns a 74-years-overdue book at the Berkeley Public Library.

Berkeley resident Jean Durham returns a 74-years-overdue book at the Berkeley Public Library.

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Berkeley resident Jean Durham returns a 74-years-overdue book at the Berkeley Public Library.

Berkeley resident Jean Durham returns a 74-years-overdue book at the Berkeley Public Library.

74-years-overdue book returned to Berkeley Library

Its never too late.

At least thats what lifelong Berkeley resident Jean Durham thought when she returned a book to the Berkeley Public Library recently after 74 years.

As first reported by Berkeleyside, Durham was cleaning out her study when she discovered a copy of Sir Walter Scotts Lady of the Lake that her mother had checked out in 1945. The due date was Sept. 10 of that year.

[It was] behind a bunch of other books in my home as I was cleaning out my study. My mother must have checked it out in early 1945, Durham told Berkeleyside. My mother did buy some books but mostly she came to the Berkeley Public Library. We were always surrounded by books.

Durham told the library she wasnt worried about getting a fine and simply wanted to get the book back to the library as soon as possible. The Berkeley Public Library eliminated fines in July 2018 for the late return of teen and adult books, DVDs, CDs and magazines.

Our circulation has increased [since we eliminated fines], said Amy Reeder, Communications for the Berkeley Public Library. People thought people wouldnt bring back books, but that absolutely hasnt happened and in fact, when theyre 74 years old they bring them back!

The book is currently at the Central branch of the Berkeley Public Library. Reeder said the book is in great shape, but shes unsure whether theyll put it back into circulation.

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Cilla Carpenter clutched a hardbound volume close to her chest Tuesday morning at the downtown Spokane library.

Within its pages were the names of the Agees, kin of Carpenters on her mothers side dating back to her great-grandmother.

When I found this book, it was a big deal, said Carpenter, one of about a half-dozen volunteers with the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society working to purge hundreds of books from the librarys system. I heard of this book and I said, What if the Agees are in it? And they were.

That book Turff & Twig: The French Lands, an accounting of settlements in the Richmond, Virginia, area in the 1700s is one of thousands of volumes from the genealogical societys collection slated to be phased out of the librarys inventory. Theyre shelved on the first floor of the downtown library near where volunteers meet with visitors to map out family trees.

Turff & Twig will find a place in Carpenters personal library, but nearly all the other books will be shipped to libraries in Western Washington and Salt Lake City before the end of the year.

The purge of genealogical books is being done in anticipation of a remodel of the library systems anchor branch on Main Avenue that will shutter the 25-year-old building for two years, beginning in March.

The society, which has been meeting at the downtown library since it opened in 1994, didnt receive word theyd have to get rid of books until early summer, said Dolly Webb, president of the societys board of directors.

The notification came well after voters overwhelmingly approved a $77 million bond measure in November to renovate the library system, including the complete overhaul of the Shadle and downtown branches at an anticipated cost of about $43 million.

To my recollection, nothing was mentioned about reducing the size of our collection, Webb said. That didnt come up. So it was, I think, a shock.

The ballot resolution approved by voters does not include specifics about the downtown library, only that it will undergo a modernization along with the South Hill and Indian Trail branches.

The library already has scheduled closure of its Shadle branch for renovations beginning Dec. 22, with a satellite location set to open in NorthTown Mall while crews complete an expansion expected to nearly double the size of the building.

Plans for the downtown library include a space for history research in a building that also houses the collection of the Ned M. Barnes Northwest Room, a trove of primary documents and books focused on the regions past.

The system will also eliminate some items from the collection in that room, said Amanda Donovan, director of marketing and communications for Spokane libraries.

The goal is to have genealogy and history together in the same climate-controlled space when the remodeled library opens in 2022, with a focus specifically on the Inland Northwest.

They are part of a new, focused Northwest Room experience, she said.

The genealogy volumes arent checked out like other library materials, Donovan said, which can make it tricky to judge their popularity. But the branchs closed-shelf genealogy collection, which is only accessible on request, was only accessed six times over the past two years, according to internal library data.

A 2016 plan uses public data to drive decisions for the future, and the public showed a preference for amenities other than genealogy research space, Donovan said.

An enhanced childrens area was the most requested thing, she said. It wasnt an enhanced genealogy area.

In anticipation of the closure, Eastern Washington Genealogical Society members are removing books from the shelves, crossing out bar codes and packing most of them up for transport to Salt Lake City, where theyll join the collection at the Family History Library. That facility, founded in 1894, touts itself as the largest depository of genealogical reference materials in the world and is affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Another 700 books were accepted by the Langley Archive & Research Center, a historic library open by appointment on Whidbey Island.

The society reached out to the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture and local universities to see if they wanted to house the collection, Webb said. None expressed interest.

The society, which has in the past helped trace the lineage of African slaves sold by Georgetown University and aided reporters trying to piece together mysteries about historical artifacts, was originally concerned the books would have to be sold or disposed of, said Juanita McBride, the groups volunteer librarian. Some even joked the books would be thrown in the massive holes dug outside the library where the city is installing an underground stormwater tank.

I have been involved in the purchase of a lot of the materials here, McBride said. But Im also reasonable enough to understand that, you know, progress is progress. Whether you like it or not, theres some things that you have to learn to deal with.

Webb said when she started conducting genealogical research 15 years ago, it was mostly done with books. Clients now can access most of that same information through online databases in the comfort of their own home, which has caused attendance at workshops and other society events to dwindle.

We have found that, in our organization, people like to sit in their jammies and research, instead of getting dressed and coming down here, said Webb.

Volunteers are prioritizing local genealogical books, marking them on the shelves with handwritten signs identifying the volumes as keepers. Those books being marked for donation are volumes like the one Carpenter selected, detailing families and settlements on the East Coast and in the Midwest and New England.

The loss of those resources means local folks will likely have to access online resources to trace their own lineage west, rather than having books on hand to help that process, McBride said.

We have probate, wills, death records, cemetery records, some birth records, histories of counties, she said. You get information on migration routes when you get into the history of the counties and the states.

The genealogy societys roughly 125 members will continue to meet in the downtown library and assist visitors on Tuesdays until the branch closes for renovation. While its closed, theyll hold their business meetings at a local architectural firm that has agreed to host them, and the group plans to hold free workshops at other system branches.

Purging the books is a difficult process, but members say theyve come to terms with it as a sign of the times and with the knowledge the books would be available to others trying to piece together their family trees.

Were book people, Webb said. Libraries are books, to us.

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DOCTOR NAMED BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: Access Health Care Physicians chief medical director, Manjusri Vennamaneni, MD, recently was recognized as Businesswoman of the Year by the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented to Dr. Vennamaneni at its Banyan Ball at Armature Works in Tampa. She was chosen for the award for her accomplishments during her years practicing in Hernando County. She initiated the first Accountable Care Organization in the county, was recognized by Optimum Health Care with a 5-star rating (highest rating) as chief quality director, and helped to develop the first Third Party Administrator in Hernando County. Dr. Vennamaneni practices at the main Access office at 5350 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

DOCTOR ASQUITH JOINS ACCESS: Access Health Care Physicians welcomes Johanna Gilbreath Asquith, MD, to its medical staff. Dr. Asquith specializes in infectious diseases and practices at 14690 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call the office at (352) 799-4206.

CHAMBER MEETINGS, EVENTS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will host the following:

Technology Committee presents Cyber Security Workshop, 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 29, at Pasco-Hernando State College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Rao Musunuru, MD, Conference Center, Room B-105, Spring Hill.

Advancing Your Mission Nonprofit Workshop, 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 7, at the Chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, Brooksville. This free training workshop is open to all businesses, offering tips, tools and information to impact the community and produce results. The topic is Technologies that Make Work Life Easier. There will be a tech swap opportunity. Contact the Chamber to register.

For information or to RSVP for a meeting, call the Chamber at (352) 796-0697 or visit

RIBBON CUTTING: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting for Norvell Photography at noon Oct. 30, at the Chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, Brooksville. Call John Constantino, (781) 664-0333.

SMALL-BUSINESS SEMINARS: Pasco Hernando SCORE is presenting a series of free small-business seminars:

How to Really Start Your Own Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Regency Park Branch Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.

Developing a Nonprofit Board, 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 29, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

E Marketing Concepts, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, SMARTstart West Pasco Entrepreneur Center, 4532 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. Also Nov. 19 at the SMARTstart East Pasco Entrepreneur Center, 15029 14th St., Dade City.

How to Apply for a Nonprofit Grant, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6, at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

How to Apply for a Business Loan, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 20, at Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 4th St., Dade City.

Basic QuickBooks, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 26 at SMARTstart West Pasco Entrepreneur Center, 4532 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.

To register or for more information, visit and click on the local workshops tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

Nature Coast Business Professionals: 7:30 a.m. Fridays, IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Guests are welcome. Those attending may order from the menu. Call Dana Cutlip, (352) 293-4317.

Brooksville B2B (Business to Business) Networking, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Country Kitchen, 20133 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Free for Chamber members, $5 for non-members. To register, visit or call (352) 796-0697.

BNI Winning Edge: 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Dan Brown, (262) 676-2776.

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Charanjeet Singh Minhas is a Delaware resident and founder and CEO of Wilmington. He is also the chairman of Delaware Sikh Awareness Coalition.

Everyone knows that education is important, but in some parts of the world it is difficult, if not impossible, to come by.

Not many know of two Dover-Camden area Delawareans Sanjay Kumar and Mahendra Kumar whose lifemission is to change that through a non-profit they started in 2005 aptly named Be Educated!

Like me, the two men (who are not related) were born and educated in India and are in the software industry. I met them nearly 20 years ago when we all lived in Dovers Woodmill Apartments. I contacted them recently to find out the origin of their educational mission.

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I was visiting my hometown Lucknow in 2004 where I met Raj Kumar, recalled Sanjay. He came along with the vehicle I had hired for my holidays as its driver. He ranted during every single ride about how miserably middle and high school students in rural India do in exams."

Why? One day, Sanjayfinallyasked him.

Because the poor and underprivileged in villages cant afford guides (test prep and study materials), Raj said.

Mahendras inspiration was rooted in unfair favoritism and politics. Hewitnessed blatant and pervasive corruption in the schools. For example, he said, a politicians son unable to spell his own name was acclaimed over and above other students for academic excellence.

To counter this malaise, Sanjay and Mahendra evolved a simple and economical solution. They opened libraries stocked with study guides in the homes of unpaid, impassioned volunteers in the neediest villages. Each of these $800 libraries was allocated $500 for books and $300 for such necessities as a signboards, cupboards and administration.

The first one was opened in April 2005 in Raj Kumars home in Gurubhasganj. The founders were also its sponsors.

By 2007, Be Educated! had opened five libraries in India. Word quickly spread.

Charanjeet Singh Minhas is a Delaware resident and founder andCEO of Tekstrom, Inc., in Wilmington.(Photo: Submitted by Charanjeet Singh Minhas)

Someone in Nepal was very eager to start one there, Raj Kumar reported. That became the sixth library and the first outside India. That same year, another opened in Pakistan.

Today, the nonprofit has more than 80 operational libraries in the three countries. Five libraries each are named after Martin Luther King Jr. and Malala Yousafzai

How did you choose which villager's house to open the library in? I asked.

We chose those host volunteers who were poor but passionate over the affluent who wanted it as a status symbol, Mahendra said.

Added Sanjay: We do Power of One fundraisers in Dover. We solicit $1,000 sponsors (the cost has gone up) to open a library in whatever name the sponsor wants. However, the sponsor cant choose the location. This way we have libraries in Muslim Pakistan sponsored by Hindu Indians and vice-versa. Regardless of how little and humble our endeavor is, we will stay at it to turn the arch rivals into good neighbors.

The programs success fueled its expansion.

We started two more projects over the last couple of years, Mahendra said. In 2016, we started Home for Angels in Mumbai.

Straight from the villages to Mumbai? I wondered aloud.

Mahendra explained that Kashyap Sanghvi, who lives in Newark, had come from Mumbai. He told themof a couple there who were providing food, shelter, education and everything else to 18 orphans living with them in their two-bedroom apartment even though they had two children of their own.

What? was my reaction

Sanjay picked up the story.

Exactly! Many of these orphans were children of parents who had died from HIV; some were born HIV positive. This couple, Father Thomas Reji and his wife, took them in because no one else wanted them. They lay discarded on the streets. For help with their education, Kashyap approached us.

In response the two Delaware men organized a Home for Angels fundraiser in Dover.

We were clear: only a library isnt the answer in this case, Sanjay said. These kids need space, tutors, desktops, tables and chairs, and, of course, stationery.

To increase space, the program rented another apartment in the neighborhood and installed video cameras in it. First, only one tutor was hired. A second was added as the number of children gradually grew. They are 32 now, divided into three groups according to age.

The tutors help two groups with afterschool work every day, Mahendra said. The oldest group gets coaching outside, around the corner.

He acknowledges that raising money for this work is challenging. However, you are blown away by the magnanimity of the individuals and families. Our tax-exempt status helps," Sanjay said.The first fundraiser of $10,000 helped us with renting, decorating and initial goodies."

We have angels in Delaware as well, Mahendra said. He recounted how a Dover couple, after learning that there were no beds for the children, immediately wrote a check to cover the entire cost of 16 bunk beds for the 32 orphans.

These two mens latest endeavor is directed at helping Indian girls with their educations.

Future Girlz is our third project, started in 2017, Mahendra said. In this, we open libraries in towns and cities exclusively for girls. Also, in these libraries, learning is measured because we employ tutors to teach and test.

Why tutor-led libraries with a focus on girls?

One, they are the neediest, Sanjay explained. Two, they love to learn. Third, an educated girl means an educated family, a better world.

He said the first girls library opened in Rajkot in the western state of Gujarat inside an existing womens center. As with all of their projects, growth has come quickly. There are now six libraries for Girlz,including two in Nepal.

If you would like to learn more about any of these programs, contact Mahendra Kumar 302-883-1456, or visit their website:

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