At a presentation Friday with Gov. John Carney at the Amazon fulfillment center in Middletown, the company donated 5,000 books to the Appoquinimink Community Library.

Amazon donated 5,000 books to the Appoquinimink Community Library during a presentation at the Amazon fulfillment center in Middletown Friday.

Gov. John Carney attended the ceremony which also featured a tour of the fulfillment center's expanded "books-on-demand" technology.

Delaware Library System Director Dr. Annie Norman accepted the donation on behalf of the library.

"Thanks for this generous donation. It's so exciting," said Norman, who also thanked the staff at the Dover Public Library who will be processing the books and recording the information for the state library system.

"I'm often asked are libraries and Amazon competitors," said Norman. "When there's access to lots of books like this, the entire community reads more. When we all partner together, we all benefit."

A presentation by the fulfillment center's general manager Nate Disbro described the 2,600 full-time jobs with benefits provided at the Middletown center along with 1,000 more at Amazon's facility in New Castle.

Disbro also highlighted the growing number of small businesses that Amazon is partnering with in selling items. One of those business owners, Jenny McMillan from Harbeson, described how she has been able to expand her business, JennyGems, from a family-run business and now hire four employees by partnering with Amazon to sell her products using the company's platform.

"We love to hear about the success stories of small business owners like that," said Disbro.