Library Moments: Supporting Your Library

Bessie Sullivan: Hello, I’m Bessie Sullivan from the Haliburton County Public Library and this is Library Moments. Once a week some of us from the library will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or the services we offer at the library.

While libraries are government funded to some degree, they never get enough money to do what is requested by the taxpayers.  Like hospitals, libraries must fundraise to be the best they can be for their communities.  For cash donations the library can issue tax receipts.  There are many ways to help the library either financially, with your unwanted stuff, or with your time through the Friends of the Library.

We would like to think that we are able to help you in some way with the work we do, but today on Library Moments Sherrill Sherwood and I will tell you about some of the ways you can consider helping us.

Sherrill Sherwood, Collections Development Coordinator: Up to five boxes at a time of gently used books and dvds can be given to the library and are gratefully accepted. They are either selected to become part of the library’s collection or are passed on to the Friends of the Library. If you are wondering what “gently used” really means, take a good look at the item and ask yourself if you would take it to bed with you. We know that one person’s determination of this may differ from another’s but generally the question works. Various groups have partnered with the library to promote community causes. For instance, Point In Time as well as the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust have each donated funds for the library to use to purchase books to help support their unique interests, which also helps us offer you a varied collection. Chair yoga, massage books and books on coping with grief have been donated by local businesses – these combine to act as resources for their clients and superb assets for our collection. Donations can take an entirely different form when we are looking for items to augment or start up library programs. The call out for Lego resulted in well stocked Lego Club programs based in the Minden Hills and Wilberforce branches. In response to another appeal we made to the public, board games were donated which are now housed in various branches for the public to enjoy in comfortable surroundings. The seed libraries operating out of Dysart, Minden Hills, Dorset and Wilberforce branches depend on  generously donated seeds from the public. At the seed library, patrons can check out seeds for free. They then grow the fruits and vegetables, harvest the new seeds, and “return” some of those seeds so the library can lend them out to others.

Bessie Sullivan, County Librarian: If you want to donate your time to the library we have an active Friends of the Library group who put on events and run book sales.  They are always looking for energetic people to help out. The cash that the Friends raise is spent by the library for enhancements to all eight branches.  It is mandated by their constitution that the money they raise only be spent on things that can’t be covered by the library budget.  The Friends raise about $20,000.00 a year.  Their signature event is in the fall and is a Sunday afternoon author gala held at the Pinestone.  This year the guest is Michael Redhill who also writes as Inger Ash Wolfe.  The event takes place on November 13th this year and includes an extensive silent auction with all items donated by local individuals and businesses.   If you simply want to give cash to the library to be spent how we see fit, that can be done too.  Any amount over $10.00 will guarantee a receipt for tax purposes.  In the past we have used cash donations for purchasing computers, books, children’s craft supplies, and for funding special children’s programs.  

For more information or to make a donation call our administrative office at 705-457-2241, you can also drop donations off at any branch of the Haliburton County Public Library. That’s it for this week’s episode of Library Moments,  thanks for listening here on 100.9 CanoeFM and please think of us if you are moved to donate.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM August 7th – 13th, 2016.


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