Book Loving Brianna Collects 256 Books for Friends of the Orcutt Library


Eight-year-old Brianna Berg loves to read, and wanting to help others do the same, she devised a way to help the Friends of the Orcutt Library.  A big task for someone so young, but Brianna succeeded in collecting 256 children’s and teen’s books for the organization to sell.  A member of the American Heritage Girls organization, a faith-based girls group centering on service, Brianna will earn Community Service Stars for her efforts too.  She started by taking leftover books from her home-school group’s book swap event, then broadened her search by distributing flyers and asking anyone she knew to donate books that they no longer used or had outgrown.  The project took about 14 hours of Brianna’s time.

 Brianna was attracted to this project because she is an avid reader and loves coming to the library for a new title.  “I really like the Junie B. Jones books,” she said “and I just finished a book called “Owl at Home.” This spry second grader also loves drawing and dancing.  Seeing her in her American Heritage Girls uniform to drop the books off at the library, you could not help but be amazed at what she accomplished. Friends of the Orcutt Library is very grateful for Brianna’s donation.  Way to go Brianna!

 Brianna hopes that others will buy the books she collected at the Friends of the Orcutt Library “Friend’s Marketplace inside the library on the back wall, so that the Friends can continue to provide more books and other items in the library to keep readers like her growing and learning. Selling books at four paperback books for $1.00, with larger books priced at $1.00 each, the proceeds from these sales go to support library needs.  Of course, more donations are always welcome, and can be dropped off on the cart just inside the library’s entrance.

Juliann Hemphill reporting

                                                                                                                                                             Steve Southwick reporting