Monthly Archives: September 2012

Can’t Read This?

There are thousands of people in Woodbury and Washington County who can’t read this blog — the print is too small.  Besides, they’re not super comfortable with computers.  Many suffer from macular degeneration — and when their eyesight becomes bad enough, they can no longer read.

That’s why there are large print books for adults.  But they’re expensive.  The typical large print book costs the library twice as much as any other adult fiction or nonfiction book.  The Washington County Library system simply doesn’t have enough.  And it doesn’t have to be that way.

That’s one of the reasons there is the “2012 in 2012” campaign.  We intend to raise enough money to buy 2,012 books for our libraries this year.  The most critical need are large print books for adults — and also children’s books (40% of all the material checked out is for children and teens).

The Washington County Library Partners has raised $6,000 so far.  (Thank you to all who have donated.)  That will be matched, dollar for dollar, by a challenge grant.  But the challenge grant runs out this coming Monday, September 30th.

Can you give the gift of reading to a senior?  Your gift is tax deductible — we are a 501(c)(3) charity.  You can contribute now through PayPal or mail a check to Washington County Library Partners, PO Box 25434, Woodbury, MN 55125.  And I would be more than happy to talk with you about this (my cell is 651-338-0299).

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Halfway There!

Thank you if you’re one of the folks who have sent a check to us in the past 2 weeks.   We have just about reached the $5,000 mark in money raised.  But time is running out on our matching grant.  The grant — for up to $10,000 — has a September 30th deadline.  I don’t want to leave money on the table or leave books off the shelves!

40% of all the materials checked out of Washington County libraries are for children.  That’s one of the critical needs.  The other need is LARGE PRINT books for adults (mostly seniors) who have failing eyesight or some kind of vision disability.    Can you help them — before September 30th?  You can contribute now through PayPal (the button is on the right) or you can send a check to Washington County Library Partners, PO Box 25434, Woodbury, MN 55125.

Neither snow, nor rain …

… stopped the Postal Credit Union Community Foundation from contributing to the “2012 in 2012” campaign.  THANK YOU!

Speaking of work — we have 3 weeks left to match a $10,000 challenge grant.  One donor has offered to match all the contributions we receive, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000.  Right now, we’re about halfway there.  It’s a bit daunting but we’re making our final push.

If we’re successful, we’ll have $20,000 on hand, and that is enough to buy the Washington County Library 2,012 books this year.  As you may know, the library is under a financial crunch and has cut not only hours but also cut back on their collections budget.  At a time like this, we need more books on the shelves, not less!  Especially for kids — 40% of the items checked out are for children.  And also for adults who have failing eyesight — large print books are among the most expensive items the Library buys.  Your contribution, before September 30th, will be matched dollar for dollar.  Can you help?  The “Contribute” button is just to your right!

Count down to $10,000!

There’s $10,000 on the table — can you help us pick it all up?

The deadline is getting close.  For every dollar we raise by September 30th, a generous, anonymous donor has agreed to match it dollar for dollar, up to $10,000.  But the deadline is September 30th.

So far, we’ve raised $3,000 (got another check in the mail today — thanks Pete & Marcia!).  All the money goes to our “2012 in 2012” campaign.  We want to raise enough money to buy 2,012 books for the Washington County Public Library System.  Tight budgets have forced the library to cut its book buying budget this year.

If we raise $10,000 by September 30th, that will give us $20,000, which is enough money to buy those 2,012 books.  In particular demand are children’s books and LARGE PRINT books for adults with vision problems.  Can you help us “not leave any money on the table?”  Your contribution is tax deductible.  So, contribute today and help get more books onto the shelves … and into waiting hands.  Thanks!