Like all of us, our local libaries are suffering during this era of budget cuts and set-backs. Our Henderson libraries are lucky to have benefactors and supporters such as private individuals and our Friends of Henderson Libraries. The $100,000 donated to our branches will benefit services, new books and activities. My family is proud to have participated by visiting book sales and purchasing some pretty excellent reading material from our local library.
Here is the official press release celebrating this generous donation:
“Henderson Libraries has a friend, indeed, in the Friends of Henderson Libraries. On Thursday, Aug. 18, the nonprofit organization will present Henderson Libraries with a check for $100,000 at the district’s 7:45 a.m. monthly board meeting at Paseo Verde Library – located at 280 S. Green Valley Parkway, just off I-215.
The donation – the largest single donation yet from the Friends – represents 15 percent of the district’s total library materials budget and is a 17.6 percent increase over last year’s donation of $85,000.
“Our job is to support Henderson Libraries,” said Laura Jane Spina, president of the Friends of Henderson Libraries. “The district has endured a number of budget cuts as a result of the economy over the past few years, so we decided to raise the bar and set our fundraising goal higher than ever before. When we hit our $100,000 goal, we couldn’t believe it. We were thrilled.”
Over the past year, the Friends raised the $100,000 through the sale of donated and used books on Amazon.com (which contributed 33 percent of the $100,000); books in the Friends of Henderson Libraries book store – located in the Paseo Verde Library (36 percent); and books at large monthly and bi-monthly book sales hosted at various Henderson Libraries branches – most often at Paseo Verde Library, Gibson Library and Green Valley Library – (22 percent). The remaining 9 percent comes from small donations, membership fees and the sale of misc. items such as USBs and book bags (9 percent).
“We are grateful to the Friends for this incredible donation,” said Tom Fay, executive director for Henderson Libraries. “It takes a lot of time and effort to raise $100,000. Even though our volunteers have their own busy lives, they all give so much back to our libraries and community and it is reflected in this sizeable donation. It just shows what can be done when people with a purpose work toward a common goal. We can’t thank them enough for their efforts.””
So next time your local library is having a book sale, think about where you are investing your money and donate generously! It’s an investment in the future, an investment in education and entertainment. Let’s keep our libraries alive and thriving! Gently used books are accepted at all Henderson Libraries on an on-going basis.