HARRISBURG, Pa.— The Library 2012 Annual Fund Drive is currently underway. As 2013 approaches, The Library faces the end of the special supplemental funding it received from Dauphin County in 2008, which will create a $750,000 deficit in the budget. Closing a gap this large can only be done by closing library doors. Because of this, The Library has taken a number of measures to cut costs even further and has set a very aggressive goal for the 2012 Annual Fund drive of $100,000 to help offset this deficit.
The Library is pleased to announce that since November 1, when the fund drive kicked –off, nearly $44,000 has been raised towards the $100,000 goal. A portion of the funds raised so far have come from an in-library dollar donation drive, where the library staff are asking all users to contribute one dollar or more to help keep libraries open. This part of the drive will continue through December 31 and has had a positive response so far. In return for a gift of one dollar or more, library visitors receive a library logo on which they can put their name and write a short note about why they love the library. The logos are then displayed in the library. A direct mail campaign to cardholders and current donors has also contributed a considerable amount towards the funds already raised.
The Library’s 134 employees who work at the eight library locations of the system showed their own support for the fund drive by making donations themselves to launch the campaign. “We are very proud that we have a 100% giving rate from our staff” said Karen Cullings, Community Relations Director at The Library. “Their generosity and dedication during this campaign have given this drive a real boost.”
It’s not too late to help keep The Library open. Individual gifts are important to help insure that The Library continues to keep the community educated and thriving. Donations help ensure that children enter school ready to learn, allow adults to develop new skills and find new jobs, provide computer access to individuals who don’t have it at home and much more.
Gifts can be made online at dcls.org or by visiting a DCLS library. Progress updates on the $100,000 goal will also be available online and in the libraries.