Roanoke library to hail first year in new location

The Roanoke Public Library will celebrate one year in its new location on Saturday, March 22, by collecting donations of new books to be given to hospitalized children.

Books donated during the library celebration will be given to Kate's Kart, a not-for-profit organization serving 16 area hospitals.

Krista Layman, founder of Kate's Kart, will be at the library at 1:30 p.m. on March 22 to discuss the organization, which was founded in memory of her daughter. Cookies and punch will be served throughout the day.

Book donations can be dropped off at the library between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on March 22. Books must be new. Books most needed include soft cloth books, board books, picture books, movie character books, story books that can be read to children and activity books. Also needed are Bibles for toddlers, children and teens, as well as current best sellers in the young adult category such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Hunger Games and Divergent.

New Crayola crayons may also be donated, along with cash and gift cards.

For a list of the most needed book titles, visit