Kiwanis grant helps middle school buy books

Owen Middle School has several new books, thanks to a grant by local Kiwanis Club members.

A $2,000 grant from the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Kiwanis Club has enabled Owen Middle School to buy more than 100 new books for the school library. Included among the titles are popular fiction, graphic novels and nonfiction.

Some of the funds were used to update the library's books about various countries. The average copyright date of books in that section - 2004 - has been updated to 2016. The grant money also helped the library increase its holding of books on robotics. Those books will be used heavily by students in the Project Lead the Way robotics class and in the new Computer Coding class. 

Most of the money was used to buy fiction, which the majority of Owen Middle students prefer to read, school librarian Cindy Sturdivant said. "The students are always excited to have new books to choose,” she said.