Monthly Archives: November 2012

Check delivered!

Washington County Library Partners just handed over a check to the Washington County Library for $14,700 — and they’re already ordering the books!  There are so many people to thank … but let me focus on one.

That would be the person (or, it could be a couple) who provided a $7,000 matching grant.  They requested to remain anonymous — and even I don’t know for sure who it is (only our treasurer knows for sure and she isn’t telling).  But I do know our donor is not a rich person.   But the donor really, really believes in the mission of public libraries — and in particular, the donor really believes our county deserves the best possible library system.

That was true of ALL our donors, who contributed everything from $10 to $500.  And it’s true of what I believe:  Washington County has a very good library system — but it could become great.  The “2012 in 2012” campaign is just one step towards that great system.

Another step came, by the way, when the county commissioners decided to find the money to reopen the libraries on Mondays.  It’s not a small amount of money to open all the branches an extra day — about $260,000 — but the commissioners heard from enough people that being closed on Monday was simply not the library system we want.

So thanks to all of you — whether you sent us a check or contacted the commissioners — or both!

Give to the Max!

I’m going to be the first to admit “Give to the Max Day” — which you probably have heard about — is a shameless marketing gimmick.  But then again, so is “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving that officially launches the holiday shopping season.

If you haven’t heard, “Give to the Max Day” is part of GiveMN.org — which is a way to contribute money to hundreds and hundreds of local charities.  You don’t HAVE to give on November 15th — but you’re just strongly encouraged to.  Give to the Max Day is the official kickoff, in a way, of the end-of-the-year contributions so many of us make.

Local charities don’t have coupons or early bird discounts or any of those things — but they do have one important thing:  a strong desire and ability to help people in their community.

The Washington County Library Partners would LOVE for you to go to GiveMN.org on November 15th and make a contribution … but not just to us, to ANY of the terrific nonprofit charities that make Minnesota what it is.

For us?  We’re presenting a check for AT LEAST $14,000 on Tuesday, November 20th, to the Washington County Library.  That’s going to be enough money to buy 2,012 books this year — our goal.  Most will be children’s books, which cost between $4 and $9.   Any money we get on Give to the Max Day, however, will be added to that amount.  And — here’s my pitch — LARGE PRINT books for adults are pretty expensive ($24 each) and so the Library isn’t going to be able to buy many of those books with the money we give them.  But any extra dollars will give the Library the flexibility to buy a few more of those more expensive books.  Children’s books and large print books for adults are the two biggest needs for the Library — so we’d love to be able to buy as many of both types of books  as possible.

So … if you’re one of those folks who love to get up at 4am on the day after Thanksgiving — I hope you have a successful shopping day.  And if you could jump on your computer on “Give to the Max Day” (November 15th) — you will help make other Minnesotans just a bit more successful, themselves.   Now that’s a pretty good deal, doncha think?

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