Responding to budget cuts that have slashed the Alameda Free Library’s ability to replenish the items on its shelves, the Alameda Free Library Foundation has launched a fundraising campaign to raise $50,000 to buy books, e-books, videos, and other materials.
The foundation announced the public launch of the campaign, with a goal of raising what it would cost to purchase 2,015 books by the year 2015. A “soft launch” of the campaign began in the spring, and has already brought in gifts and pledges of about $33,000, anchored by the support of generous donors along with each of the foundation’s 13 board members.
“We’re thrilled with the enthusiastic
participation we have received so far from some of the library’s longtime
supporters,” said Foundation President Eileen Bitten. “Now we’re reaching out
to the rest of the Alameda community to give back to a community institution
that serves us all so well. Many people depend on the library’s collections for
reading, learning, and connecting with the world. We need our library to
maintain a robust array of offerings.”
Donors are being asked to give what
it would cost to purchase one, five, ten or more books. So, if a book purchase
averages $25, donors could give $25, $125, $250 or more. But donations of any
amount are welcome. The money will go directly to the library to pay for
Foundation directors responded when
Library Director Jane Chisaki told the board that increasing collections was
the library’s greatest need. Over the past several years the library’s
materials budget has been cut by 40% as the city has had to reduce funding to
Alameda’s libraries are well-used
The library is much more than a place to check out a book. It also serves as a community center providing all types of information, literacy programs, children’s services, homework coaching, a room specifically for teens, and more.
In fiscal year 2012-13:
- The library served 468,753 patrons
- Was open to the public a total of 5,535 hours
- Downloaded 10,517 eBooks to 3,358 unique patrons using OverDrive
- Hosted 227 story times attracting an audience of 8,752
- Hosted 466 class visits for 10,628 students
- Offered 662 hours of homework coaching
- Offered 265 special programs for 10,617 patrons,
- Held a record-breaking 2013 Summer Reading Program, with more participants than ever: 2,905 children, 119 teens, 119 adults
- Made 554 deliveries to 36 homebound patrons who checked out 2,704 items
- Responded to 73,906 reference inquiries.
About the Library Foundation
The Alameda Free Library Foundation was established in 1998 to build long-term financial support for Alameda’s libraries. The organization sponsors fundraising events, such as the annual Live @ the Library concert series and the February 2012 concert featuring Frederica von Stade. The foundation combines income from events with careful investing to build a steadily growing savings fund; its work also provides a small yearly stipend to the library for needs not covered by the city budget. The foundation works alongside the separate Friends of the Library organization to support programs and community events at the library.
How to give
To donate to the campaign go to the foundation’s website, www.alamedalibraryfoundation.org/donations, and:
Mail: Click here to download a donation form and mail to our PO
Box 365, Alameda, CA 94501. (Include your check or complete the credit card
information on the form.)
Online: Click here Complete the form then click on “Submit Form.” You will be directed to the PayPal site to make your online donation.