Dear Foundation Donors and Friends,
If you use online library resources, check out materials, or attend family activities or public cultural events, you already know what a treasure our library is. The Foundation’s mission is to build on this wellspring, to increase literacy, access to cultural opportunities, to inspire innovation and provide a gathering place for the community. With your gifts, we support programs, help fund the Maker Space, and increase library collections.
This year’s focus is children’s literacy. The library offers a multitude of programs and materials to help get young readers hooked on reading, including Storytime To Go, volunteer story readers in preschools and daycare centers, and Dog Tale Times days(where kids get to practice reading – to dogs!) Hope you have an opportunity to stop by the teen center, currently undergoing redevelopment and renovation, thanks to your support.
We also fund the Imagination Library, which mails books on a monthly basis to any Eugene-area child who registers, from birth until they age out at five. Thank you everyone who supported this effort at the annual Imagination Library Luncheon on April 5! We had a record turnout, gained new supporters and 233 new readers. Our hope is to reach every eligible child in Eugene. Many thanks to the Imagination Library Advisory Board (ILAB), an offshoot of the Foundation board. These hard-working volunteers make the Eugene Imagination Library program possible.
Thanks also and congratulations to the Friends of the Library, who hosted their annual book sale April 14 – 15. This event brings in over $100,000 to the library every year.
This spring we wished a sad and fond farewell to library director Connie Bennett, who retired in March. Connie oversaw the opening of the current library building, helped expand services, staffing, materials, and led the way through levy campaigns. During her tenure, the library received several national awards. Thank you Connie!
A warm welcome to interim director Mia Cariaga, division manager for the city manager’s office, who will be acting library director during the search for a new library director.
Read on to learn about treasured library supporters, a library staff member, Foundation events and one of the most beautiful libraries (after ours, of course) in the Pacific Northwest.
Julie Whitmore, Eugene Public Library Foundation, Board President