Edgemont Library receives western book donation

EDGEMONT -- The Edgemont Public Library was recently the recipient of nine books written by cowboy, author, and illustrator Will James. This donation of books has been made through the Will James Society Book Gifting Program. It is the mission of the Will James Society to provide books written and illustrated by Will James in the western genre for readers of all ages to enjoy stories of the real cowboy life. The Society donates books to schools and libraries throughout the United States and Canada.

Library patron Savanna Simmons alerted Edgemont Library Director Samantha Miller of the opportunity to receive the collection of books at no cost. “We have many patrons who love the western genre, and I am so appreciative that Savanna notified me of this great opportunity,” said Miller. 

“Growing up, “Smoky the Cowhorse” was one of my absolute favorite books, so when I saw on Facebook that local libraries can get Smoky and eight other Will James books for free, I notified a few friends, including Samantha,” said Simmons. “My family has already started reading “Smoky the Cowhorse” together, and we plan to read a few more titles as well. I’m grateful Samantha brought these books to the library to keep the cowboy heritage alive.”

Donations to the Will James Society are welcome from individuals to help purchase additional books. The Will James Society is a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, so contributions are tax deductible. Visit their website at www.willjames.org for more information.

For further inquiries to have a donation of books provided to a school or public library, contact Charlie Nightengale, Director of the Will James Books Gifting Program, PO Box 2767, McCall, ID 83638, or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 


Photo by Savanna Simmons

Will James Society has donated nine Will James titles to the Edgemont Library at no cost. Sam Miller, middle, applied for the titles, expanding the library’s western collection for youngsters like Roan Simmons, left, and Brindle Simmons to read as they get older.


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