This winter, North Warren Central School District will become the place to go for anyone who wants to do research on the Adirondacks, thanks to a generous contribution by a Chestertown native.
Randy Ellsworth, a graduate of the former Chestertown High School who recently retired from his career as a college professor at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, has decided to donate his collection of 212 Adirondack-related books to the school district, The Post Star reports. While most of the books are non-fiction, the collection also contains some novels, magazine articles, and other research materials.
The district plans to accept the donation once it can obtain adequate shelving for the items, which could be as soon as early this winter.
According to The Post Star, Ellsworth told the school in an email that “the collection is getting cumbersome to maintain” and “would seem to belong in the Adirondacks somewhere…”
To accompany Ellsworth’s donation, the district also plans to use a Ross Lambert Foundation grant to purchase a collection of Adirondack-related children’s books.
- The Post Star: Chestertown native donating Adirondack book collection to North Warren school