4-H'ers Raise Funds to Restore Local Library
In April 2010, a lightning strike in Twiggs County, Georgia, left the town without their Public Library, and without valuable resources like summer reading programs, rare county histories, family genealogies and access to technology. The county 4-H'ers knew they had to step up to help their local community.
Twenty-one Georgia 4-H delegates from multiple counties joined forces at the 2011 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) program to come up with an action plan to help Twiggs County.
The 4-H'ers decided to collect books to sell at the Fall Forum, a statewide 4-H event. They ended up with more than 2,000 books, and collected $400 in spare change from participants.
"Helping support the Twiggs County library was a great way to bring a large number of people from across the state together to support a local issue," said CWF 2011 Georgia Delegate, Whitney Kirkpatrick.
With the help of 4-H'ers, University of Georgia, Extension 4-H Faculty, Jeff Buckley reports that the library has relocated to a temporary location and is reopened to the community.
The new, permanent Twiggs County Public Library is set to open in 2014.