Jane Jenkins discovered a startling problem when she became the librarian at Jonathan Valley Elementary School in Haywood County four years ago. In the science section, a book on space exploration ended with the 1969 moon landing. A book on U.S. presidents ended with the Eisenhower administration. A science book called “The Universe” was printed in 1962. A title on religion had a copyright date of 1920.

And that’s not to mention the 1960s-era “Hardy Boys” books in the non-fiction section with the same cover artwork that primed the imagination of fifth-graders 30 years ago. “It was horrible,” she said. So to combat a problem faced by schools nationwide, Jenkins used a master’s course at Appalachian State University to produce a survey of the school’s titles. She presented the survey to the Waynesville Kiwanis Club with the hopes of getting a $5,000 grant to buy a few new books. Instead, the group gave her $20,000 and volunteered to come out Tuesday to help shelve the new titles.

“I think this grant was used as seed money, as a challenge to other schools to focus on improving their libraries.” said Theresa Morgan, president-elect of the Kiwanis.

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