Friends of the Point Roberts Library
The Friends of the Point Roberts Library (FOPRL) is currently raising money to renovate the Julius Firehall (next door to the Community Center) in order to provide the Point with a 21st Century library. When completed, the library will grow from 1,000 square feet to 2,500 square feet, and have expanded public computer availability, additional seating space for readers of all ages, a small meeting room, and a patio. The goal is to raise $500,000. That’s the equivalent of 500 donations of $1,000 each. We think that it can be done with everyone’s help.
The sub-committee responsible for the fund-raising includes Jean Barrington (Chairperson), Mark Robbins, Kris LoMedico, Louise Cassidy, Dorothy Sutton, Don Falk, and Judy Ross. And, we hope, pretty much everybody else in Point Roberts, in one way or another. It takes a community to build a library, and it takes a library to build a community. We’re working on both fronts.
As of July 15, 2012, we have raised $28,000. We have a matching grant of $20,000 that will run through the last day of August.
We plan to use this page, generously provided by the All Point Bulletin, to keep its readers informed in brief reports of our progress, our events, and our needs. Currently, Brewsters’ is sponsoring a series of ‘Movie Nights on the Lawn’ with admission to the movie being a donation to the Library Building Fund. The next movie nights are July 28, August 11, and August 25.
The Blue Heron and the current Point Roberts Library (in the Community Center) have handmade, quilted bookmarks available for those who donate $10: a nice gift for yourself or someone you know while at the same time supporting the library. Other events are being planned for the summer and beyond. And, one or more of us will be at the Saturday Market this summer where you can obtain more information about how to donate. Also, check out the “Showers of Gold” quilt in the hallway of the Community Center where we’re keeping track of each thousand dollars worth of donations in quilt form.
If you have suggestions for ways to reach our goal, get in touch with us at the Saturday Market, come to our monthly meeting on the last Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Lutheran Church, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, you can follow our progress on our blog (http://foprl.blogspot.com) or on Facebook, Friends of the Point Roberts Library, Community Page.
To Donate: Make your check payable to Whatcom County Library Foundation, P.R. Building Fund, and mail it to:
The Friends of the PR Library
PO Box 970, Point Roberts, WA 98281
You can pick up a donation card at the library or, if you wish to discuss a donation to the Building Fund, contact us at email@example.com.
We begin the New Year with $90,000 in donations and much enthusiasm as a result. Still, there is yet a long road before us to reach a half million dollars. The last month of 2012 saw $2500 from the Christmas Craft Fair, $2200 from the International Marketplace grocery receipts campaign, and various individual donations, including several thousand dollar gifts (which went to complete the match for the Mar’s $5,000 matching fund), and a $5,000 anonymous gift from a Point Roberts resident.
Maybe time to catch our breath for awhile. Except that, there is another $400,000 to raise. This year we will be looking to bring more local businesses into the ranks of active supporters. Sterling Bank, the International Marketplace, the Blue Heron, Auntie Pam’s Country Store, and Neilson’s Building Center have been solid financial supporters throughout the last year. Furthermore, Neilson’s has pledged a $5,000 donation for 2013. Nielson's plans to fulfill its pledge by staging a series of fund-raising events, including their world-famous belt sander races, and supplementing with a direct donation to top off money raised at the events. We will be working with other businesses to expand the membership in the Library Diamond Club for Point Roberts Businesses.
And we will be working to expand the base of individual support. Because of the financial crisis and the resulting very low interest rates, many foundations have cut back on their grant giving, because the money for grants depends on the income from their endowments. Similarly, government agencies, because of the general financial retrenchment, have significantly reduced their commitments to capital grant giving (as opposed to smaller grants to specific programs/project). It is critical in appealing to Foundations and Government Agencies that are still willing to consider capital grant requests to be able to show very broad public support.
Our current support is strong but it is not extremely wide. It is tempting for people, when they see how well the community fundraising has progressed during this first year, to think, “Oh, well, they’re doing great; they don’t me to add to their totals.” But the community needs everybody: everybody who uses the library and everybody who has ever used a library. We need to provide this new library for ourselves and for those who come after us. And we need to repay our debt to those who made sure we have had a library in Point Roberts for the past 65 years. It takes a community to build a library. That is the work of the coming year for all of us.
-- Judy Ross, for The Friends of the Point Roberts Library
Also, you can follow our progress on our blog http://foprl.blogspot.com or on Facebook, Friends of the Point Roberts Library, Community Page.