The Yolo County Library has received a $40,000 donation from Frederick J. Simoons in memory of his wife, Elizabeth Stadler Simoons, a former Yolo County Library branch manager and assistant county librarian. The donation will be used to enhance the history, geography and related biography collections at the Stephens Branch Library in Davis.
Elizabeth Simoons served as the branch manager and assistant county librarian at the Stephens Branch. She began her career at the Yolo County Library in January 1970 and retired in 1981. She also worked at libraries in Madison, Wis., and Austin, Texas. She was a dedicated traveler, much of it abroad in Africa, Asia and Western Europe.
The materials purchased from the donation will commemorate Mrs. Simoons, her love of libraries — and in particular, the Davis branch — with a bookplate inside each book.
Simoons writes of his wife’s intentions, “If she had known that the Davis branch of her day would become the Mary L. Stephens Library, Liz would have wanted the books to go there, a library dedicated to someone she greatly admired.”
The Yolo County Library will organize a small dedication ceremony to acknowledge the donation.
“This gift means a great deal to us,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong. “The thoughtful gift of the Simoons family will enhance our Davis branch library for present and future generations and will remind readers of Elizabeth and her role as a library leader in Yolo County.”
Information about books on history, geography and biography in the Yolo County Library collection can be found at www.yolocountylibrary.org (go to the catalog search page).