Nick McWilliams reporting – Backpacks purchased in remembrance of a former county library board member are available for area school children.

Ready for School backpacks are available at the Tuscarawas County Public Library through the Friends of the Library – New Philadelphia, and were purchased for Shirley Wagner, a board member who passed last year.

Wagner taught for 25 years in the New Philadelphia City School system, 17 of which were for East Elementary.

At this time, five backpacks are available with a variety of themes to encompass all learning areas for kindergarten students, including the alphabet and counting.

Backpacks can be placed on hold or picked up from the Tuscarawas, Sugarcreek, Strasburg and Bolivar branches, and are currently held at the main library location in New Philadelphia.

Questions and inquiries can be directed to the children’s department at (330) 364-4474.

Each bag will be available in two-week windows.

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