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Donating library books for use in the outback

PENRITH, Australia — Members of the Penrith Australia Stake spent the past year raising funds to build a library in Australia's Northern Territory.

Tania Ligertwood suggested the "Building a Library in the Outback" project after travelling to some of the outlying areas of Australia and seeing many small schools with almost no library facilities.

In January, wards in the stake began collecting small coins for the project. Stake leaders asked the Alice Springs School of the Air to compile a list of needed books and supplies; Church members recently donated 150 books to the school.

School officials "were bewildered at such a generous offer from people they do not even know and were very grateful that their school had been chosen as the recipient of such a kind gesture," said Marianne Walters, stake Relief Society president.

In addition to the books, stake members also painted 600 vases and made 230 blankets for the neo-natal unit of the Nepean Hospital.