ELIZABETH CITY — Over the years, the Basic and Transitional Studies department at College of The Albemarle (COA) acquired a lending library of several thousand books as part of their mission to help as many students as possible obtain their high school credentials. The books came from donations made by supporters, students and staff. Due to a reduction in the classroom space available to the department, it was impossible to continue housing the library. Faced with losing the service, the Basic and Transitional Studies staff came up with a new idea: a partnership with The Recycled Reader of Elizabeth City to create a “virtual” lending library.
Owners of The Recycled Reader, Ben and Jane Wysor, went through the thousands of books in the lending library, keeping those they could use. A new account was set up at The Recycled Reader, located at 1725 City Center Boulevard, which allows any student with a COA Basic Skills identification card to “purchase” any book at The Recycled Reader using the newly created account.
The books acquired by Basic Skills that couldn’t be used by The Recycled Reader were donated to The Friends of the Pasquotank County Library where they’ll be sold to fund new additions for the local library.