Smith and Dysert hope to have a permanent location for the Maria Collection books including this sign signifying their importance.
Smith and Dysert hope to have a permanent location for the Maria Collection books including this sign signifying their importance.

"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers."

― Charles William Eliot

ADA -  A new collection of children's books is available at the Ada Schools Media Center for the classmates and friends of Maria Suarez, who tragically passed away this past summer. The Maria Collection is comprised of children's books hand selected by Media Center staff members Linda Dysert and Chanda Smith, who wanted to help keep the memory of Suarez alive in the minds of her classmates.

Dysert and Smith, began the collection this summer, purchasing books that were not previously available at the library. The Collection is an eclectic mix of books including classics such as "Corduroy", books for girls, and books that Maria's twin Vincent would especially like. Each book is marked on the front with a flower and an 'm' signifying that it is part of the collection. Inside each book in the collection is a picture of Maria with a daisy and butterfly; two of her favorite things.

Anyone can make a donation to the Maria Collection. New books can be delivered to the Media Center or Elementary Office during regular school hours.