Library surprises: When is a Surprise not a surprise?

Surprise! Used with permission under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Surprise! Used with permission under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

In looking around for things to write about in this library surprises introduction topic, I found that there’s a city in Arizona, USA called Surprise, with the Surprise Regional Library one of the County public libraries.

Digging a bit deeper, I found a group called the Friends of the Surprise Libraries who raise both awareness of and funds  for both library and literacy programs in the community.

In Australia, many of our national and state cultural institutions have ‘Friends’ groups with similar charters, but it’s not common to have this with public libraries so was a bit ‘surprising’ for me.

What does your community have to do to keep your local libraries open and functioning?



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  1. I work for the Indianapolis Public Library. Our Foundation in 2016, funded 80 % of all Library programs. In 2016, more than $2 million will be provided for programs and services. The mission of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation is to promote patronage and secure support for the advancement of programs, services and facilities of The Indianapolis Public Library to benefit a diverse learning community.
    The Library Foundation is 501(c)(3) organization, governed by a 25-member Board of Directors drawn from the community. The Library Foundation provides support for about 80 percent of Library programs annually, thanks to many donors. Our dedicated staff works with individuals, corporations and foundations to connect those wanting to invest in the community with giving opportunities to advance Library programs.
    The Foundation’s finances are audited independently every year to ensure your gifts are managed and invested with the highest financial standards. The Foundation also adheres to the Better Business Bureau standard, that at least 65 percent of our annual budget supports programming. The foundation was established in 1969.

    • That is a significant contribution to keeping the Indianapolis Public Library operating, thanks for sharing.

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