Updated: April 07, 2021 10:40 PM
Created: April 07, 2021 06:17 PM
Today is the 3rd Annual Library Giving Day, and the Duluth Public Library is asking for your help to raise $25,000 by midnight tonight.
While it seems like a lot of money, the community has already donated over $20,000! And the Downtown Duluth branch says even the smallest donations make all the difference.
"The city of Duluth provides sort of a base-level of support for the library, which allows us to do a lot of things," says manager, Carla Powers. "But private donations help us take it to the next level, by doing more programs, buying more books and other materials, and sometimes even doing some new innovative things that we wouldn't be able to do before."
Library Giving Day is a day where library lovers across the U.S. and Canada are encouraged to give a gift of any size in support of their local location.
"One of the other amazing things about libraries is they're open to everybody," says Patra Sevastiades, Executive Director of the Duluth Library Foundation. "Free access to everything it has. It's unlike any other thing that we have in the country. I love that it opens doors of opportunities for anyone who wants to walk through them."
Sevastiades says today's fundraising will help the library gradually re-open, to safely re-shape library programs, and to help children thrive through early learning.
"This $25,000 is going to be used to help the library in three different ways," Sevastiades says. "It's going to support the library's ongoing efforts to re-open, including offering library programs that can be done safely... to support the purchase of books and materials... and also to support Every Child Ready Duluth, a library-led city initiative with a bold aim that every child in Duluth should be school-ready by the time they enter kindergarten."
Donations brought in today also help prevent any cost to rent materials.
"I've just come to the library for so many years, and I like that it's free. And it's a great resource," says Peri Pearson of Duluth. "I started coming here and doing research for even high school and college papers. And I've just always liked to read, and now I get audio books here, because they're expensive and it's just free and you can get so many, and it's great!"
If you would like to contribute, head to the Duluth Library Foundation's website.
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