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“You’re my first grown up friend!”
Once upon a time, it was near closing at the Grottoes Branch library. A regular patron burst through the door. She was 7 years old and eager to share her day with the librarian. In the middle of telling about her day, the girl stopped with a look of wonder and told the librarian, “I just thought of this. You’re my first grown up friend!”
Another day at Main, a 5-year-old boy checked out books. On his way out the door, he looked back and said, “I wish I lived here.”
An 80-year-old woman visiting friends stopped in the Grottoes Branch every day to see the hatching Monarch butterflies and talk to them as well as to visit with the librarian.
A library is more than books. It is relationships and experiences. It is the beginning of a person’s lifelong love of reading. It is the social highlight of someone’s day. It is someone’s only computer access to find a job or connect to distant family and friends. You make these special moments in people’s lives possible by supporting your local library.
We at MRL can always share a bunch of great usage numbers with you. Just ask us! We could make a long list of library needs at all seven of our locations. We’ve already told you our funding cuts from the past few years – repeatedly.
What more can we really say than our patrons have already said? We’ll let them keep talking. All of the following comments were collected in one day this past April:
“I love our library for more reasons than I’m able to list.” – Main Library
“I visit the library at least once a week and am 81 years old. I enjoy reading.” – Shenandoah Community Library
“I consider the library to be an oasis in life.” – Grottoes Branch Library
“I’m very glad story time is offered – my kids do not attend day care. Going to the library gives them time with other kids, and they are beginning to love books!” – North River Library
The library is “very important for us because of computer – I am still on dial-up.” – Village Library
“The library was essential to my finding a job.” – Main Library
Your contributions make all these services possible – and more – for all these people – and many more. Donors like you may have all the books and computers you need in your own home. But you know that others do not, and you want to help them have those things – plus story times, programs of local interest, and book groups.
Help MRL continue to bounce back from recent budget losses. Help us create more special connections and experiences for your friends, neighbors and fellow readers. If your budget allows, please consider making an additional one-time gift to fund our Village Library expansion. We have $30,000 left to go to pay for this $300,000 branch renovation and move.
We appreciate gifts of all sizes, and we make the most of every dollar! We also welcome gifts of stock and property, and are grateful to be included in patrons’ estate planning. Support your library today!
And tell a friend! Please help raise public awareness of the efficiency of MRL’s operations and of our funding needs.
For those of you who want to see numbers, here are a few statistics:
MRL’s collection development budget is $32,000 lower this year than it was in 2000.
Our operating budget for this year is still $172,000 lower than our 2008 budget.
MRL is an efficient operation. We rank 86th out of 91 libraries in the state in the funding we get from state and local governments per person. For comparison, MRL runs 7 locations that are open for 219 hours a week using 38 full-time equivalents and a current budget of $2.1 million. Our per person funding from state and local governments is $13.40. Another library in our region in a community similar to ours has the same staffing and budget as MRL. That system runs 3 locations that are open 129 hours per week and receives per capita funding of $20.11.
Support your library today!
You can make a donation at any branch by cash or check, or at our Main Branch with cash, check, Visa or Master Card. You also can donate right now with your Master Card or Visa, using our secure server.
Have questions or want to talk to someone about our library needs? Contact Kim Haines at 540.434.4475 ext. 135 or use our Contact Form.