Child’s Christmas wish list brings new books to library
Houston County Courier
By Jenna Duncan
A little girl’s unusual Christmas wish helped bring around $400 worth of new books to the children’s section of the J.H. Wootters Crockett Public Library this year. Instead of a bike or new dolls, this Christmas Halleigh Castleberry, a fourth grader at Latexo Elementary School, asked Santa for books to donate to the library. Castleberry and her family recently moved to Crockett, and when she went to get a library card she was curious about why there weren’t a lot of books or children inside like at the library where she used to live, Children’s Librarian Leslie Johnson said. “They came in and she was like, ‘Why are there no kids in the library? Why is there nothing going on?’,” she said. While getting her library card, Halleigh learned that the library wanted and needed new books, but a lack of funding made this difficult, so most new books come in as donations. On the walk back to the car with her mother, Halleigh declared that what she wanted this year for Christmas was books to donate to the library. Right after Christmas, Halleigh came back in with several new books, and asked Johnson what books the library wanted to add to the children’s section. In addition to receiving some books to donate, friends and family gave Halleigh cash and gift cards to purchase even more for the library. “I kind of keep a running list of stuff I’d like to get if we ever have money, so I printed off that and she picked off there the ones she was interested in and they ordered them and brought them back,” Johnson explained.