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Discovered books become community donation

By Keldy Ortiz
Dec. 4, 2012 at 6:04 a.m.

Philip Barr presented a Shakespeare book he recently donated to the Victoria Theater

Philip Barr believes learning from the past helps people learn to do better in their own line of work.

After discovering a William Shakespeare novel and other books in a home in Cuero just before demolition two weeks ago, Barr, a local contractor, donated the books to organizations in the Victoria community. The Shakespeare book was donated last week to the Victoria Theatre and he plans to donate more of the books within the next few days.

"I thought it was in the best interest to give it to the theater," said Barr, 54. "Shakespeare was an inspiration to us. The world is one big stage."

Victoria Theatre Executive Director Scott Mohon said donations such as Barr's keeps the theater open.

"Shakespeare is so renowned all over the world," Mohon said. "I think it's wonderful that people in the community donate to the theatre. That's how we survive, by donations from the community."

While Barr said he has not taken the book entitled "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare" for authentication, he said he doesn't want to.

"I'm not out to get; I'm out to give," Barr said. "I'm giving it as a gift."

In addition to donating the book, Barr also found more than 50 books, which he will donate to various places in the area.

"I'm not asking for anything in return," Barr said. "I'm giving to the community."

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