Working to make sure it can meet its annual budget, the Eclectic Public Library has launched its annual fundraiser, encouraging patrons to contribute money to the library to cover its operating expenses.
“We started this fundraiser last year,” librarian Betty Coker said. “We had good results from it last year and I hope it will improve this year.”
Coker said the Town of Eclectic contributes some toward the library’s annual budget, as does the state, since the library is a state library. Additional funding comes from sales at the library’s bookstore and grants obtained through a number of different agencies. However, while these financial sources have proven valuable, Coker said the library still has ground to cover to offer all of its regular programs, including the summer reading program and various educational classes.
“We have done all sorts of things,” Coker said. “We have had yard sales, we did a shoe drive in the past and more.”
For this fundraiser, Coker said the library will email its patrons asking them to donate what they can. The library has also advertised the fundraiser on social media as well as posting flyers and brochures around town.
Last year’s fundraiser brought in between $600 and $700 for the library. The fundraiser will end in March, meaning patrons and other friends of the Eclectic Public Library still have some time to get their donations in.
In addition to the fundraiser, Coker said one of the Eclectic Town Council members has said they have earmarked money coming in from the town’s monthly trade days event to go to the library.
“We are proud of our little library,” Coker said. “We would be very happy with $1,000. We will appreciate anything we are given.”