Let’s build a national library endowment together—share your ideas with us, just as the Pennsylvania farmers in the photo teamed up on the barn-raising.
How else to work toward the library endowment? The best way right now is to speak out—whether you’re a parent, student, other library patron, librarian, teacher, government, corporate or nonprofit leader, online or traditional journalist, or prospective donor or somebody close to one. At the end of this page is a sample letter.
Also, you can volunteer if you have library, technical, organizational, or editorial expertise—or other skills—that we might be able use. Contact Corilee Christou at firstname.lastname@example.org and cc email@example.com.
Here’s an example of the letter you could use as a starting point. Write from the heart. Ideally localize your note and talk about your personal circumstances.
Dear Ms. Influential or Mr. Philanthropist–
I’m writing to seek your support for a privately funded national library endowment. Here is the vision.
- Encouraging self-help, pride, civic engagement, economic development and social mobility, the library endowment will help all Americans, especially in depressed areas.
- The endowment will help pay librarians in cash-strapped communities and otherwise promote electronic and traditional reading.
- It will increase the $4 per capita that public libraries can spend on books and other items—but also help finance tech-related innovations like makerspaces.
- The endowment will help pay for two separate but intertwined digital library systems (one academic, one for public and K-12 libraries).
- Funding will come from interested members of the super rich, with matching grants used to spur on local library fund-raisers.
As a small-town mother who wants her six-year-old twins to love books and be prepared for the future workforce, I care deeply about these issues, and I hope you will, too.
For more details, go to LibraryEndowment.org.
Contact information for the endowment initiative is at https://libraryendowment.org/about/.
Photo credit: Here.