This is an exciting time for the Eugene Public Library Foundation, thanks to your donations. The second annual Imagination Library Luncheon took place at Valley River Inn on April 6th. More than 300 of you joined us to help continue this great program.
The Register-Guard recently featured the Imagination Library in a front-page story, noting that about 45 percent of Eugene’s children under age five receive a free book every month through the program. Getting parents to read with their children is a powerful way to instill a child’s love of reading. Your dollars have made this service possible. Currently, your Eugene Public Library Foundation spends $7,700 per month for the program, at an annual cost of $25 per child, thanks to cooperation with Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Foundation.
You may also have noticed news about the Library’s Maker Hub, a new lab now open every afternoon, thanks, in large part, to the contributions of Foundation donors. At the lab are sewing and embroidery machines, looms, and related materials, as well as state-of-the-art equipment for audio, video, and design projects. If you’ve ever wanted to digitize your old photos and negatives, for example, call the library to reserve your time and take advantage of this special resource.
As always, we thank you for your generous support which has made our Library a welcoming place for all in our community.
Donald J. Churnside, President
Eugene Public Library Foundation