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Book drive underway: Public invited to donate books for Trinity students

Sherryl Lefor displays a few donated books at her home on Wednesday. She is spearheading a book drive for the Trinity High School library.

Trinity High School librarian Rachel Ebach peered into the THS library with a flashlight after the March 3 fire that left the building unusable.

“Everything was covered in a layer of soot, and of course, with no electricity, I couldn’t really assess the damage,” she said. “All I saw was at the end of the beam of the flashlight.”

Ebach, who also teaches seventh-grade English, wasn’t allowed to step into the library because of safety reasons.

“What I understand is they are removing all the books from the library,” she said.

Of the 8,500 books in the collection, none are available to the students at the present time, she said.

Learning of Ebach’s dilemma, Trinity patron and a former librarian Sherryl Lefor had an idea. She and her daughter, Andi, are spearheading a book drive.

 “We are looking for appropriate books in good condition for the students,” Sherryl Lefor said. “We prefer hardcover books, but they don’t have to be.”

The Lefors consulted with Ebach about the kind of books she’d like for the students.

“I’d probably start with fiction, because a lot of people have fiction on hand,” Ebach said. “I would make the books available even now for leisure reading.”

She also welcomes non-fiction books, primarily those written about the Catholic faith.

Andi Lefor, who attends the University of Mary, is organizing donations from the Bismarck area.

Steve Glasser, president of the Dickinson Catholic Schools, said all of the books have been removed from the library by Service Master Recovery Management.

“They have been sent away to be professionally cleaned,” he said. “Their thoughts are that all the books will be fine after cleaning.”

Glasser estimates the books should be returned to Dickinson by late spring or summer. He appreciates the book drive that is underway.

“I think it’s a great idea,” he said. “Again, it’s another example of people being creative and being generous and being supportive. I continue to be amazed at the generosity of the community.”

The Lefors also welcome gift cards to Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Those wishing to help, may leave their donations at a table to be set up during the “Titan Strong” Band-Aid Relief event on Saturday.

For more information, call Lefor at 701-290-1591.