President’s Note

Dear Foundation Donors and Friends,


As summer turns, we’re busy making plans for fall. Mark your calendar! This year’s Booked for the Evening will be October 5, 2018, “ Take a Magic Carpet Ride: A Celebration of Literacy.” Invitations and updates coming soon.

We’re excited to announce a change in our event schedule. The yearly luncheon in support of the Imagination Library is shifting to back-to-school season, September 12, 2019. Starting in 2020, Booked for the Evening will be held in April, aka National Library Month. To bridge the gap between our 2018 and 2020 Booked for the Evenings, we’ll host a one-time, special evening event at the library in April of 2019. More about that soon!

Thank you for all you do to support Eugene’s public library system. Your gifts boost programs, materials and activities, and help combat illiteracy. Here are some stunning facts:

  • An estimated 2/3 of students who are unable to read with proficiency by the end of 4th grade end up on public support or in jail.[1]
  • Worldwide, 12%—or 775 million adults—are functionally illiterate.[2]
  • Over 93 million Americans have basic or below-basic literacy.[3]
  • Low literacy rates cost the United States over $300 billion each year.[4]
  • For every dollar spent on adult illiteracy there are $7.14 in returns to society through decreased expenditures and increased revenues.[3]

The Eugene Public Library Foundation, with your help, supports the library’s innovative programs to help more people, in every generation, improve reading skills.

Featured in this month’s newsletter:

  • Mia Cariaga, the library’s Interim Director
  • Cherished library supporter Charlie Henry, who passed away this year
  • Libraries of the world
  • Recent early literacy research implications
  • Updates on library projects funded by you!
  • Upcoming events and projects

Best wishes for a happy end to your summer!

Julie Whitmore, Eugene Public Library Foundation, Board President

Eugene Public Library Foundation, 100 West 10th Ave., Suite 317, Eugene, Oregon 97401 | (541) 338-7018
The EPLF is a registered 501 (c)(3) – EIN: 93-0873279. Gifts to the Foundation are fully tax deductible as allowed by law.