President’s Note

Dear Friends,

A heartfelt thanks for supporting the Eugene Public Library. You helped make the 2017 Booked for the Evening event a smashing success. You also contributed throughout the year to help grow the library collection, promote childhood literacy, and support crucial community resources like Homework Help and Sensory Storytime, activities and outreach . Soon, your teens will be able to visit a new and expanded teen center with more space, activities and of course, more books – all made possible because of your contributions.

Our summer and fall were busy with preparing for the annual Booked for the Evening celebration. This year’s steampunk-inspired event featured an eight-foot Steampunk themed sculpture in the lobby of the Valley River Inn; imaginative guest costumes; fruit pianos (you had to be there); and some uniquely designed Steampunk centerpieces, courtesy of Lane Forest Products, Rhythm and Blooms, and artist Rocky Sullivan. Booked for the Evening is a party like no other, a combined effort of the hardworking event committee, and the Foundation and library staff. Many thanks to everyone who supported our community’s teens through the event.

In this issue, look for updates on Foundation projects; profiles of our library Director Connie Bennett and generous EPLF donor Sherrill Kerchoff; a report from the Imagination Library Advisory Board; and a wonderful Libraries Matter bonus.

Hope your fall plans include one of the library’s events, or a behind-the-scenes tour of our gorgeous community hub.


Julie Whitmore

Board President


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