Dear Foundation Donors and Friends,
Thank you for giving!
It is a privilege to serve on the Eugene Public Library Foundation board at this pivotal time in our community and in our world. Every day we board members and staff witness the remarkable impact our library has, and are reminded this would not happen without you, our partners. Don’t miss this month’s enewsletter interview of Library Assistant Jay Cooper; the feature on Oregon library pioneer Mary Frances Isom; and a special profile of long-time library champions, Dave and Paula Pottinger.
We hope you are able to visit the library often and enjoy the wealth of activities and resources the library has to offer. In January alone programs included “Birding Without Borders,” a presentation by Noah Stryker; a clinic on computer coding; sewing lessons and a talk on the Catalonian independence movement. The library also now hosts a mobile maker van thanks to Foundation support, taking resources from the Maker Hub to diverse locations across the city. The Foundation is also instrumental in making possible an upgrade to the over-crowded teen center, now underway. For younger children there were over three dozen programs in January, including Lego building, story and music hours, pajama story times, and training for preschool teachers and day care workers in working with children with autism.
This month the Big Read, featuring celebrated poet, musician and muse Joy Harjo, swung into high gear with talks, performances and book groups. This program, jointly funded by the library, the Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts has become a tradition, bringing together Eugene readers from all parts of the city.
Thank you again for your support and for all you do to make Eugene a wonderful place to live.
Julie Whitmore, Foundation Board Chair