New atlases and encyclopedias, dictionaries and thesauruses, field guides, and biographies — some 100 books in all — now grace the shelves of the library at the Methow Valley Community School in Twisp.
The school received a $2,000 grant from the Washington State Library to buy nonfiction reading material. The school is one of 100 across the state to receive the Refreshing School Libraries grant, which helps schools build nonfiction collections.
The Community School gathered suggestions from students and staff, parents, community members and Twisp librarian Dawn Woodruff. They worked with Trail’s End Bookstore in Winthrop to buy the books.
Favorites in the new collection include “The Way Things Work” by David Macaulay; “Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World” by Rachel Ignotofsky; and “Under Water/Under Earth,” an illustrated guide to deep-sea life and burrowing animals by Aleksandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński.