Holocaust Grant Awarded To Leon Library System

By: Leon County Board of County Commissioners Email
By: Leon County Board of County Commissioners Email

Press Release: Leon County Board of County Commissioners

Through a $10,000 donation by Raymond and Grant Capelouto, Leon County Government will make available a variety of Holocaust-related educational materials through the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System. The Capelouto family recently presented the donation to the Leon County Board of County Commissioners at the October 8, 2013 Commission Meeting.

These educational materials will provide citizens with many different sources of information about the Holocaust, from printed materials to video documentaries. The Leon County Main Library and its branch libraries will make available a variety of multidisciplinary resources in both the adult and children areas. Sources of information will include DVDs, art, and nonfiction and fiction books.

“The donation by the Capelouto family ensures Leon County citizens will be informed and educated about the Holocaust,” said Leon County Commission Chairman Nick Maddox. “Students of all ages, their families and those pursuing lifelong learning will now have even more important resources at the libraries.”

Leon County, the Capelouto family and the Holocaust Education Resource Council will also recognize the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Often called the "Night of Broken Glass," Kristallnacht was a series of coordinated attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria in 1938.

In partnership with the Holocaust Education Resource Council, Leon County will host a program about Kristallnacht on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Main Library (downtown), 200 West Park Ave. Raymond and Grant Capelouto will welcome attendees on behalf of the Capelouto family. Mike Olivella, photographer of Auschwitz, will also speak and display his photographs. At this event, the first 75 items purchased with the donation will be displayed and offered for checkout by citizens. After the program, the materials will remain on display for library patrons to review and checkout.

"In Leon County, our citizens know that their public libraries provide dynamic resources for different pursuits," said Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long. "But sometimes we go beyond what's expected. The Holocaust collection is one such example. Citizens will be able to access material not only in different formats, like videos or audio recordings, but the material will have such resonance and meaning, especially on the seventy-fifth anniversary of Kristallnacht."

Materials purchased with the Capelouto family donation will be cataloged and added to collections throughout the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System. A “words or phrase” search in the library’s online catalog for “Capelouto Family Holocaust Collection” will yield a list of the materials purchased.

For more information, contact Cay Hohmeister, Director of the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System, at (850) 606-2665 / HohmeisterC@LeonCountyFL.gov or Jon D. Brown, Director of Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 / cmr@LeonCountyFL.gov .

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