SUPERVISOR, THIRD DISTRICT, ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21, 2014
CONTACT: Christine Richters, firstname.lastname@example.org, Office: (714) 834-3330
Korean Book Collection Donated to OC Public Libraries
(Irvine, CA) — The Orange County Board of Supervisors has accepted a generous gift of 7,500 Korean language books for the OC Public Libraries with a value of $52,500.
The donation is thanks to a collaborative partnership between The Orange County Korean Cultural Center, Irvine Mayor Steven Choi, and the Irvine Korean Cultural Festival Committee. The books will be distributed to three library branches in Irvine—Heritage Park, University Park and the Katie Wheeler branch library—as well as other branches in the OC Public Libraries system.
“I am so delighted that the OC Public Libraries has accepted these books donated by the Orange County Korean Cultural Center,” Mayor Choi said. “We appreciate the library accepting the books and making them available. The readers of these books will be very happy with the donation.”
“The gift of Korean books will certainly be well used at all of our libraries in Orange County,” said Supervisor Todd Spitzer, whose district includes Irvine, home to nearly 20,000 Korean Americans.
The books were originally donated to the Orange County Korean Cultural Center by a Korean group that provides native language books for adults and children living overseas. Twenty volunteers from the University of California Irvine and five interns labeled the books and made them ready for final processing and cataloging at OC Public Libraries. Adults and children will equally benefit from fiction and nonfiction books available for all ages. The donation will enable the Orange County Korean Cultural Center to fulfill its mission of sharing Korean culture with the public.
“Many thanks to Mayor Steven Choi who was instrumental in having the Orange County Korean Cultural Center donate these books to OC Public Libraries,” County Librarian Helen Fried said. “Orange County is a rich and diverse community and the donation of the Korean language material would be very much appreciated by our Korean speaking community.”