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Morris Herald-News: Kinzinger announces program to build local library collections

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MORRIS, IL, March 4, 2020 | comments

In honor of Dr. Seuss’s Birthday this week and Read Across America Day, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL 16) announced his office’s participation in the Library of Congress Surplus Books Program.

“As the son of an elementary school teacher, I was always encouraged to read more and let the stories stretch my imagination," Kinzinger said. "From here to there and everywhere, we know education is critical to giving hope and opportunity to the next generation. And sometimes, it all starts with a good book. I’m grateful to the Library of Congress for sharing their impressive collection with deserving patrons across the country, and I look forward to our office’s participation in this program on behalf of Illinois’ 16th Congressional District.”

The goal of the program is to help build library collections with books, audio material, maps, and more.

The Library of Congress has available at all times, for donation to eligible organizations and institutions, surplus books which are not needed for the Library's own uses. Eligible organizations and institutions must be located in the United States and fall into one of the following categories:

• Full-time, tax-supported or nonprofit educational institution: school, school system, college, university, museum, or public library.

• Agency of local, state, or federal government.

• Nonprofit institution or organization that has tax-exempt status under the provisions of section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (see 41 CFR 101-44.207 (a)(17)) and that operates a library and/or research center open to the public.

The guiding principle behind the program is to build library collections, not to raise funds for institutions or organizations.

In order to participate in the program, please submit a request form to

For more information, contact the Washington, D.C. office at 202-225-3635 or visit the Library of Congress Surplus Book Program website at

The original article can be found on the Morris Herald-News website here.

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