WASHINGTON — The Washington Carnegie Public Library is now the home to 50 new books on contemporary art and culture thanks to the Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program or DUC. The books, which were donated free of charge through the publishers of the books, will all be in circulation by the end of the month.
The DUC program is part of Art Resources Transfer, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 1987 by Bill Bartman that is committed to documenting and supporting artists¹ voices and work and making the work of the artists¹ available to the public.
One of the main goals of the organizations is to foster partnerships between publishers, non-profit organizations, librarians and readers to diversify the collections of libraries. Art Resources also maintains a publishing group called A.R.T. Press.
Over 490 titles by more than 90 different publishers are available as part of the DUC program. Since its inception, the program has donated more than 200,000 free books in public libraries, schools, and alternative pedagogical venues in both rural and inner-city areas across all 50 states.
“Because of shrinking budgets, many of the nation’s public libraries have very limited contemporary art resources to offer their patrons,” said Teresa Heidenreich, director of the Washington library. “We are excited that publishers realize the struggle that rural and inner-city libraries face to acquire such titles. Through their donation and the work of DUC, we are able to build a comprehensive collection of contemporary art materials that will expose our patrons to the world of art. Who knows, those books just might inspire the next Leonardo da Vinci or Norman Rockwell!”
The summer reading program also kicked off its events Monday evening with a travelogue of Normandy, France and the French Riviera. Gourmet treats were offered to those who signed up for participation in the reading program.
The Washington Carnegie Library offers a variety of resources to the community including adult literacy services and programs for children. For more information about the local library and the programs and resources it offers, call 254-4586 or visit www.washingtonpubliclibrary.org.