As we give thanks this month, the staff at Poudre River Public Library District would like to thank you from the bottom of our book shelves for the support you have given the Library District over the past year and for the many years before that.
It takes a community to bring life to a library, and your support for our programs, events, and services has not gone unnoticed.
More than one million people walk through our doors each year to borrow materials, access technology, get help with their job search, participate in programs, and, generally, connect to curiosity. Tens of thousands more access important library services online and through outreach efforts.
The community was also instrumental in helping create the District’s Master Plan which informed the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan. The input we received throughout the entire process helped us understand your priorities and reimagine the future of Library service for our growing community. Guiding us through the next few years are three focus areas: Learn & Discover, Meet & Collaborate, and Reimagine the Future. Read the entire strategic plan online at PoudreLibraries.org/about/plans.
Our amazing group of volunteers consistently offers more than 14,000 hours of their time to help us with everything from Summer Reading to homebound delivery to event support. The question really should be: What don’t our volunteers do?
Another group that we’re thankful to have supporting the libraries are the Poudre River Friends of the Library. This all-volunteer group has contributed over $820,000 to the libraries since 2008 to support key programs and services like Summer Reading, History Comes Alive, Kevin Cook nature talks, and cultural celebrations. They also volunteer their time to help with library activities, racking up 8,000 hours of volunteer time just last year.
The Poudre River Library Trust is the philanthropic arm of the Library District, raising funds and building an endowment to support the growth and continued vitality of the libraries. This year, through the annual ColoradoGives effort, the Trust is raising funds to provide a new engaging entrance to the Old Town Library through improved landscaping and design of the alcove area, enhanced seating areas and fun, interactive musical instruments for all ages. Beginning November 1, you can schedule donations for the Trust for Colorado Gives Day. Access their donation profile online.
No matter how you choose to support the Poudre River Public Library District, we are thankful for your help keeping the libraries strong and vibrant. The Library District is committed to enhancing the educational, social, economic, and cultural vitality of the community and the people we serve.
For this year’s Thanksgiving holiday, the Library District will close at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27. The entire staff wishes you all a lovely holiday filled with food, friends, family—and hopefully—a good book to read and share. We re-open on Friday, November 29 at the regular time. See you then!