Book lover supports Durham Library

DURHAM, N.C. – In thanks for the years she spent reading and researching at a Durham library, Dorothy Gier donated her home to the Durham Library Foundation.

Gier, who had lived in Durham for 15 years, gave not only her four-bedroom house, but all its contents, including African artworks collected during her time teaching children Nigeria and Somalia.

Some of those pieces of art will be displayed in the North Branch facility she frequented.

The remaining contents of the home, including clothing, furniture, books and craft materials, were either donated to local charities or at an auction that raised more than $8,000.

The Scrap Exchange received craft items and the Durham Rescue Mission received clothes and furniture.

Proceeds from the sale of the house will go to the Campaign for the Library, which has a goal of $5.2 million.

Gier left her home to retire in St. Louis, Missouri.

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