Showing posts with label Fundraising. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fundraising. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting

On Saturday, the Friends of the Library held their Annual Meeting, and it was a wonderful event!

Judy Archibald, the President of the Friends, offered a warm welcome. Dick Grimmer gave an encouraging Treasurer's Report. Six terrific new Board members were nominated and elected to join the existing splendid Board Members. And that was just in the first fifteen minutes!

Next, Judy announced the Friend's receipt of a bequest by Pagrovian, Erna Morris. A $100,000 check was presented to the Friends, with a promise that another $250,000 would be forthcoming in February.

In keeping with Erna's wishes and to help ensure the future of the Pacific Grove Public Library, the Friends' Board announced their decision to establish a PG Library Foundation for long-term fundraising!

Speaking on behalf of the City, Mayor Garcia expressed her appreciation for the Friends and the new Foundation. And she shared that the City supports the Library 100%. And this was only the half-way point of the meeting!

Next Senior Librarian, Lisa Maddalena, gave a brief presentation, Refresh! A Plan for Renewal for the Pacific Grove Public Library. With images and examples from other libraries, she highlighted some of the staff's ideas for revitalizing the Library.

Then for the next 45 minutes, attendees gathered around tables and brainstormed about their dreams and ideas for the Library. The room was bursting with ideas!

It truly was wonderful. And yet another testament to the fact that Pagrovians love their Library. (And have some really good ideas for its future. Some of which will be shared in the next blog post!)

Friday, November 5, 2010

1st Saturday Book Sale!


November's Book Sale promises to be one of the biggest and best yet!

The Library has been receiving boxes and boxes of donations, so selection in all subject areas promises to be superb.

A few special sets will be featured:

The Works of Mark Twain (25 volumes, 100 years old, excellent condition);

The Library of the Presidents (82 leather bound volumes with gold-leaf edging, prisitine condition, originally priced at over $6,500);

The Miniature Shakespeare Library(12 volumes, pristine condition).

Don't Miss It!
Saturday, November 6th
noon - 3 p.m.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Eat Pizza & Help Raise $ for the Library!

Did you notice the article by Mike Hale in The Herald on Wednesday? It noted that "Americans consume 350 slices of pizza every second, an amount equal to 100 acres a day. Just as you read that sentence, another 20,000 slices of pie disappeared down our collective gullets."

We're hoping Pagrovians and other Library fans are in a pizza-eating mood on Sunday, the 16th, when our local Round Table Pizza is offering 15% of all food sales to the Library.

Yes, that's right.
Eat pizza and raise money for the Library!
Round Table Pizza
1116 Forest Avenue
1-8 pm
Sunday, May 16th
Treat yourself to a pizza pie on Sunday
& help the Pacific Grove Public Library!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Fund Our Library Campaign update

In the past two months, the Fund Our Library Campaign has raised $36,000.

That is 36,000 additional dollars for the Library's budget for fiscal year 2010-2011.

We are thrilled with this response, and we still have a long ways to go to reach our goal of $250,000. That is the amount needed to increase library hours for next fiscal year. (City Administration has indicated their intent to maintain current funding of $400,000 for next fiscal year.)

At the recent Library Summit, there were numerous ideas for long-term fundraising, including another ballot measure, and starting a foundation. The Fund Our Library Campaign is short-term fundraising - to keep the Library open while long-term funding is established.

The Fund Our Library Campaign is not just for PG residents. Anyone and everyone can make a contribution of any amount. And if you know of anyone or any organization that might be willing to make a matching grant, please let us know!

Every penny contributed to the Fund Our Library Campaign will be used for the Library, and only for the Library. Donors have the option of specifying if they would like their contribution to be used for: operating expenses; books, CDs and DVDs; or “greatest need.”

Thank You for Your Support!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Loving What Is

400 people, from Pacific Grove and beyond, gathered in the auditorium at Robert Down Elementary School on Thursday night to experience The Work of Byron Katie. It was a wonderful evening, filled with insight, inspiration, laughter and joy.

The evening was a huge success for the Library. Ticket and book sales totalled more than $10,000! (Byron Katie graciously waived all speaking fees.)

Comments from attendees exiting the hall included:
"WOW!"
"That was a dream come true."
"Thank you, SO MUCH for bringing her to PG."
"Fantastic! We're over-the-moon."
"We hope you have more events like these."

This event was sponsored by the Friends of the Pacific Grove Public Library, as part of their Meet the Author series. All proceeds raised will be given to the Library to purchase new books and materials.
An enormous THANK YOU to
Byron Katie & the Friends of the Library.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Who is Byron Katie?

Byron Katie is an internationally renowned speaker and the bestselling author of: Loving What Is; I Need Your Love—Is That True?; A Thousand Names for Joy, and Who Would You Be Without Your Story.

She is also the next author in the Library's,
In her books and lectures, "Katie" teaches a simple yet powerful process of self-inquiry called, "The Work." As she guides people through it, they find that their stressful beliefs—about life, other people, or themselves— radically shift. In a matter of moments, confusion is replaced with clarity, tears turn to laughter, sorrow is replaced with joy.
“Who Would You Be Without Your Story?”

Come find out.
Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 7 pm
Robert Down Elementary School Auditorium
485 Pine Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA

Tickets: $25 per person
All proceeds benefit the Pacific Grove Public Library.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Fundraising

Last month we received a suggestion to please consider fundraisers as a means to sustain the Library.

We're happy to report that fundraising events, large and small, are always going on at the Library. Some events are sponsored by our Friends of the Library. But many are initiated and carried out by loyal library patrons, like you. So if you have a great idea, and are ready to roll up your sleeves and organize it, let us know.

Every cent and event makes a difference. Fundraising helps the Library: purchase new books, CDs, DVDs; update computers; purchase new techonology;and fund programs for children and adults.

Examples of 2009 fundraising activities include:
  • The Meet the Author series, featuring authors from the Monterey Peninsula and afar. Sponsored by The Friends of the Library.
  • The 1st Saturday Booksales. Organized and maintained by a trio of dedicated patrons.
  • The Writers' Reading event. C0-hosted by the Central Coast Writers, and organized by Cameron Douglas.
  • The Read-a-thon. Over $10,000 raised by local school children! Organized by Linda and Mei Bailey.
  • A birthday party, where all the "gifts" were donations to the Friends of the Library. Organized by friends of Judy Archibald.
  • Cypress Cleaners will donate 2-5% of your dry cleaning bill to the Library. (This offer is available through 12/31/2009.)

Our next fundraiser will be Thursday September 10th... Stay tuned for more information in the next blog post. (Or if you can't wait, check out the Events page on our web site.)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Booksale on Saturday!


June 6th is the first Saturday of the month, and that means the Friends of the Library are having their monthly book sale, in the Library arcade.

For over a year, volunteers have adopted the colossal task of sorting through heaps of donations, organizing the books, hauling them outdoors, and collecting money.

It sounds like a team of ten or twenty, doesn't it? But all of this is done by 3 amazing volunteers: Amy, Frances & Gary.

From noon until 3 pm, they will be selling DVDs for $3, hardback books for $2, trade paperbacks for $1, and mass market paperbacks for .50. Rare books and special editions are individually priced. And for the adventurous, there are pre-packaged "Surprise Bags:" 10 books for $1!

Come take a look, and pick up some summer reading. Every buck goes to the Library, to purchase new books and materials. And every purchase makes a difference!

p.s. If you can't make it on Saturday, the Library has a small ongoing book sale in the Library also. Books for sale are located on two carts outside the Children's Room, underneath the glass wall.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Read-a-thon Raises $13,000!

Everyone who entered the Library on May 2nd noticed something magical was happening. Children were nestled in chairs, sprawled on the floor, leaning against book shelves, quietly and intently reading.

It was the 2nd Annual Read-a-thon. From noon until midnight, kids read books of their own choosing to raise money for children's books and programs.

Over 140 children signed up to take turns reading in the 14 chairs that were sponsored by local businesses, families and friends. And every minute a chair was occupied, they earned a dollar for the Library.

One child read 11 hours. A few young girls read 600 minutes each. And several readers logged in over 300 minutes before the gong sounded at midnight.

In only two years, the Read-a-thon has established itself as the event at the Library. It's enormously popular, by readers of all ages, and exemplifies what we can do when we all work together.

The Read-a-thon was conceived and orchestrated by Linda Bailey and her daughter, Mei. Pledges were made by more than 100 individuals and businesses. Additional donations were received throughout the day from PG patrons. Local teachers and performers stopped by to tell stories, sing songs, and dazzle the children with decorative face-painting. And Library Staff kept readers fueled with books, more books, snacks, and water.

It was definitely a night to remember. And some children are already asking, "When can we do it again?"

Friday, June 13, 2008

Good News #2 - $100,000 Clausen Bequest

The Library has received a $100,000 bequest from the estate of Jeanie Clausen. Mrs. Clausen was one of the Library's "regulars." She came in so often, Library staff recognized her by face, if not by name. She was an avid reader, who enjoyed books on a variety of topics. And her bequest will enable others to benefit from and enjoy the Library as much as she did.

With her family's enthusiastic approval, the Clausen bequest has been allocated towards staff salaries. Two full-time positions slated to be cut on July 1st, will now be retained, due to the generosity of Jeanie Clausen.

The direct result of this unanticipated gift is: Library hours will not be cut as severely as originally planned. Instead of a 50% reduction to 20 hours/week, we are anticipating a 25% reduction to 30 hours a week.

Library Staff and Friends send heart-felt condolances to the Clausen family. And our appreciation for the generous gift bestowed upon the Library.

Good News #1 - PG Reads Raises $20,000

All the pledges for PG Reads for the Library have been collected and tallied. And the grand total is.... (drum rrrroll).... $20,000!

The money has been raised by the children and will be spent on the children. Senior Librarian, Lisa Maddalena, is looking forward to buying stacks and stacks of new books, audio books and DVDs for the children. And she's excited about planning some special programs as well.

To everyone who participated in this enormously successful fundraising campaign,

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

An Amazing Birthday Gift from "PG Reads"

There were many memorable moments during the Library's 100th Birthday Party. But the most memorable moment was when the children of our community presented Lisa Maddalena with a special birthday gift - a gift they earned through reading. (See blog entry for April 19, 2008.)

As Linda Bailey, chair of PG Reads for the Library, shared: "So far, the amount the kids raised through their efforts has been a closely guarded secret... But that secret is about to be revealed."

Holding a small, beautifully wrapped box, she continued, "This box. It’s tiny, isn’t it? Yet it holds something truly magnificent. Inside this box is a gift of love to the Library and its wonderful staff."

Addressing the children, she continued."The check that is inside this box represents your dedication and commitment, and some 50,000 minutes of reading that you did over a two week period. It is proof that you truly can make a difference, one book and one minute, at a time. Through this gift, you give back some of the joy the library has given you, and help ensure that same experience for children yet to come."

Then the children carefuly passed the box from one to another, finally presenting it to Senior Librarian, Lisa Maddalena. The crowd was silent as Lisa opened the box, unfolded the check, and announced the amount: $18, 057.99! There was a moment of silent awe, and then wild applause.

Ms. Bailey summed it up best when she addressed the children, " You are our greatest potential resource, our most compelling inspiration, and our profound hope for the future."

Everyone at the Library agrees. We thank you, every one of you, for your amazing gift to the Pacific Grove Public Library. You truly are making a difference, and an inspiration to us all.