Gerry and Rosalie Toler Support the Library with Photography and Poetry

Fans of photography and poetry can pick up both at the Ash Grove Branch Library and support the Library at the same time. During the month of April, local artist Gerry Toler is selling black-and-white prints with 100 percent of the proceeds going to The Library Foundation. Each print measures 8×10 or 10×10 and is frame-ready. Prints are $100 each. Click here to see what’s for sale. To contact Toler for a print or to see other examples of his work, visit his page on the Springfield Regional Arts Council website. Rosalie Toler’s book “Sheer Poetry” is also for sale with the same generous offer. It’s a joint project with Gerry and features some of his work. The book is priced at $10.

The couple loves to support the Library and uses it all the time, they say. Rosalie is a voracious reader, consuming 75–100 books per year from the Library. She also relies on the Library for research. Gerry averages 50 books per year but doesn’t really count. Since starting a new project to read bios of all U.S. presidents, Gerry has discovered the variety of titles available through MOBIUS, which allows library patrons to check out books from other libraries. So far, he’s read 18 books and is on the 12th president.

When Gerry has meetings in the Library Center, Rosalie enjoys the comfortable atmosphere of the reading room. Gerry uses meeting rooms at the Library Center and the Republic Branch Library for monthly gatherings of four photographers. Gerry says that “all staff they meet are super helpful, courteous and cheerful.”

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