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AUSTIN EDITION - Children's library is gift beneficiary

From staff reports

The Austin Public Library Board voted Monday to accept a $19,972 donation from the estate of Bernice Berg.

Library Director Chris McArdle Rojo said Berg made frequent donations to the children's literature section. Therefore, the library likely will use all the funds for the children's section.

The first use will update the library's "Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia." McArdle Rojo said the 13-volume set dates back to 1985 and a new nine-volume set will be published this year. By ordering now, the library will spend $1,595 on the set. After publication, the price is expected to exceed $2,000, she said. A name plate will be placed in the reference books indicating they were purchased with Berg's donation.

Berg taught in Austin Public Schools from 1944 to 1971. She died in June.

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The library is one of three Austin organizations to benefit from her generosity. The Salvation Army received $10,000, said Maj. Doug Yeck. That agency is determining how best to use the funds, he said.

Last week, Austin Public Education Foundation announced it received a $63,000 bequeath from Berg.

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