With one successful fund drive completed, another has begun at St. Pauls Annie H. McEachern Public Library.
The drive for the 2011-12 fiscal year surpassed its $15,000 goal by $165, so that amount was put into the pot for the 2012-13 fiscal year drive.
That amount was augmented last Friday when the library’s board of directors held its annual spaghetti plate sale at the Presbyterian Church.
The sale, according to librarian Mary Jane Musselwhite Butler, netted $1572, so the library begins its new year already $1737 to the good.
“The spaghetti was cooked by Sara Hayes, our fund raising chair and the sale was organized again this year by Ann Herndon,” said Paul Terry, library board chair. “We thank these two outstanding board members, all the other board members and the community volunteers, and everyone who bought a ticket.
“We especially thank everyone at the Presbyterian Church for not only allowing us to use its kitchen and fellowship hall, but for providing us some great volunteers. While the money we made was significant, knowing that our library has such great support was perhaps even more significant. There was some real work done Friday and there was a great deal of cooperation and love in that kitchen and fellowship hall. St. Pauls always rises to the occasion, and it did again this time.”
Each year the library’s board is charged with raising its share of the total operating funds it needs to stay open and available to the people of this community and far beyond. That usually means the library must raise about $15,000 annually, to complement the support shown by the Robeson County Board of Commissioners and the St. Pauls Board of Commissioners.
Auction is June 12
The next fundraising event for the library will be its annual auction on June 12 at the Dr. R. E. Hooks Community center. Quality auction items are now being accepted, and Alan Womack and J. K. Fisher have already dropped some of at The Review office. Other library supporters are encouraged to follow suit. Homemade cakes are especially good auction items, but the library will gladly accept items such as coins, jewelry, art, pottery, crafts, bird houses, floral arrangements, bicycles, silver, you name it.
Ways to help
There are other ways to support your public library. These include asking for and using an E-Script Community Card at the Piggly Wiggly. It’s easy to use your e-card, and it won’t cost you anything because a percentage of each sale is donated by the Drose family to many registered area non-profit organizations, including the library.
Other ways to support the library include memorials made in memory of someone special. These memorial gifts have long accounted for a large percentage of the library’s operating funds.
A recent way to show support for the library is through class reunion gifts. last year, several classes chose to make a donation to the library in that class’ name.
And you can always honor someone special on a special occasion or special or not so special occasion by making a donation in his or her name. All memorials and honor gifts are acknowledged by the library to the family or the honoree.
For more info about how you, your group, school, church or business can support the library and advance it toward its overall goal of $15,000, please call 910-865-4002.