The Mount Pleasant Public Library Board of Trustees has approved using $100,000 of the Virginia Odell Legacy to purchase additional eBooks and eAudiobooks for the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

The additional purchases will focus on in-demand titles, and critically acclaimed titles. This initiative will broaden the selection of titles available and reduce the wait time for popular titles. It will also allow the Library to consider adding additional titles based upon requests from patrons.

Virginia Odell was a long-time Mount Pleasant resident, a lover of books, and a user of the Mount Pleasant Library who named the Library in her will. Sadly, Virginia has recently passed.

“We are extremely grateful to Virginia Odell,” said Library Director John Fearon. “As a result of her thoughtfulness we are able to purchase hundreds of wonderful eBooks and eAudiobooks to help our community through this difficult period.”

“During these turbulent times in the face of an extraordinary pandemic crisis I applaud the MPPL Leadership team and the Board of Trustee’s in being proactive and resilient by making available a substantial amount of funds to bring safer alternatives via eBooks to our patrons and community,” said Board President Emil Muccin, adding “As always, be safe and, if you are in need of any library resources, please reach out via the library website or call the Library at (914) 769-0548.”