One of Gardiner Public Library’s long standing memorial funds is the Avis Glidden Ames Fund.
Avis Ames was a teacher, bookkeeper and city auditor. She was a member of the DAR and a philanthropist. Upon her death in 1952 she left monies to aid “needy & poor” children in Farmingdale as well as to the local DAR chapter. The bulk of her estate was left to the library to purchase works of a patriotic nature. The interest from this fund has enabled us to purchase many books over the ensuing years.
A few recent titles include:
Where is Mount Rushmore? by True Kelley
Presidential Misadventures: Poems That Poke fun of the Man in Charge by Bob Raczka
Earmuffs for Everyone: How Chester Greenwood Became Known as the Inventor of Earmuffs by Meghan McCarthy
This Strange Wilderness: the Life and Art of J.J. Audubon by Nancy Plain
The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
Audacity by Melanie Crowder
A bookplate in the front of each book honors this generous gift.