The San Carlos Branch Library is looking for someone who likes to plan fun events (that can also earn money for the library)! We are interested in ongoing fundraising such as Birthday Book Club (Choose a book for a selection provided in the library. Make a $20 donation and have the honoree’s name placed on a bookplate inside the book), and also event-type fund raisers (such as a silent auction, putt putt golf in the library, Spelling Bees, etc.)
Here are a few ideas from other libraries:
“Born to Read” is a major project of the Friends of the Library in Montgomery County. The program reaches out to parents and babies, especially at-risk families, and teaches them to love books. Sessions held in the library show parents, caregivers, and babies how much fun reading and books can be. One source of funding for the program is donations, and the Friends help to encourage gifts by placing a bookplate in a children’s book for each $35 donation. It’s a great way to recognize a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion, and grandparents can use this as a wonderful way to welcome a special child.
The Great Hoboken Spelling Challenge, sponsored by Friends of the Hoboken Public Library, has just made its fifth annual appearance and has become a standing-room-only event. Three-person teams, many sponsored by local businesses, compete for donated prizes. A team can earn points in advance by collecting pledge money — each $100 gives the team an extra point, up to a maximum of ten. The winning team was “Food for Thought,” sponsored by Amanda’s Restaurant.
The Upland Friends reported in their newsletter a project of their sister organization, the Upland Public Library Foundation: “The UPL foundation sponsored the wildly successful chocolate tasting bash — “Simply Sinful Samples” — held at the Library on January 26th …. About 250+ guests gained at least 5 pounds each!! I never saw such a variety of chocolate — from the giant chocolate-dipped strawberries to the chocolate enchiladas. You should have been there!”
PALOS VERDES PENINSULA, FL
New at the Library Shop of the Peninsula Friends: the Library Shop will accept donations of certain collectibles, fine gifts, rare books, etc. which will be placed on sale for a limited period of time and, if unsold, returned to the donor. Opening the program was a generous donation of a nine-piece set of hand-painted plates from the “Gone With the Wind” series produced by the Bradford Exchange.
If you are interested in learning more about this volunteer position, please contact Branch Manager Rita Glick at (619) 527-3430.
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