It’s difficult these days to fundraise in a traditional sense and many organizations in the area are trying to do the same. With relatively stable material budgets and a limited capacity to increase operating funds, the La Crosse County Library with locations in Bangor, Campbell, Holmen, Onalaska and West Salem is no different than any other group working for a part of the same charitable giving pool. Fortunately, we are located in an area where that giving pool continues to pour out their generous support!
Last month we hosted our 6th Annual Leave a Legacy Fundraiser and our supporters did not disappoint! Once again hosted at our Onalaska location, the event included our amazing sponsors, Lost Island Wine who provided some of their great tasting favorites and Coulee Bank who provided us the ability to take donations by credit card. We are so incredibly fortunate and grateful for all their support.
With an opportunity to donate via mail or at displays at each of our locations throughout September, over 90 donors have now made available close to an additional 200 books at our five locations! The idea of the fundraiser is that Library Staff pre-select materials they would like to see added out our locations. Donors choose items and donate the tax deductible cost of the item. In addition, donors can personalize the bookplates to donate the items in memory or in honor of a special family member, friend or even pet! These unique bookplates tell a special story of their own and it’s always fascinating to come across them down the road and wonder what that story might be! All our 2016 Legacy items have now been processed and cataloged and sent to their new home locations. We have already had donors return with other family and friends to locate their donations and see their bookplates in print and now numerous readers can also enjoy the inscriptions included on each new item as well.
We continue to look forward to seeing this event grow over time and it provides a unique way to continue to expand our collections through the generosity of the communities we serve. Each and every donor enabled us once again to call our Leave a Legacy event a success. Of course, it’s not too late to help! If you were unable to attend the event, donation cards can still be mailed and tax deduction letters will be provided for year-end contributions.
We are truly humbled by the continued generosity of those who support and utilize our locations and we look forward to seeing these newly added materials enhance our services. For more information about the La Crosse County Library or for the latest programming information, be sure to look around this website or Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lacrossecountylibrary.
Chris McArdle Rojo, MLS
La Crosse County Library Director
103 State St.
Holmen, WI 54636
608-526-9600, opt. 1