"Imagine a place without books," challenged "American Doll" Jane Kurtz. Ms. Kurtz shared inspirations for her writing, and her work as a founder of Ethiopia Reads, at a recent event at Fort Hays State University's Robbins Center.

The fundraiser drew a crowd of generous supporters and doll lovers. The money raised will plant school libraries and provide training for librarians in Ethiopia. I wish to express our appreciation to The Hays Daily News, other Hays business owners who made donations, and everyone who attended. FHSU Leadership Studies students who coordinated the event did a fabulous job. Learn more about our literacy efforts at

Books change lives -- here and everywhere.

LeAnn Clark