Just a couple weeks as an exchange student in Sheridan almost 40 years ago was all it took for Akiro Sakai to fall in love with the area. Sakai, from Japan, recently donated $6,000 to the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library – a gesture that Sakai says was a result of an attraction to the area that began 38 years ago.
Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library Executive Director, Cameron Duff, explains what kinds of books they have been able to add so far because of the donation.
Sakai gave some guidance for the types of books the donation would go toward the purchase of, and Duff added that they are still continuing to purchase books with the money. Future books will include replacements for some of their older Ernest Hemingway titles.
The Library will hold a reception for Sakai at 10 am Wednesday at the Library. Duff explains.
Sakai, from Kimitsu City, will spend about a week in Sheridan, and his most recent visit was in 2004. A published author in Japan, he visited the area 38 years ago when he was in his early twenties and stayed with the Laya Family in Ranchester. He has since donated some of his writing to the Library, prior to making this donation.