From Seattle to Charlotte: Library Giving Day is coming to your neighborhood

Visit and give at any Library location on April 6 – or donate online!

Library Giving Day started as a concept conceived and developed by the Seattle Public Library Foundation. Their idea was to create a national day of giving for public libraries to rally around and for the public to embrace.

On April 10, 2019 #LibraryGivingDay was launched in Seattle, WA, as a fundraising movement to support public libraries. Since its inception, over 400 library organizations from 45 US States and 5 Canadian Provinces have joined the #LibraryGivingDay movement and a total of $3,411,849 in fundraising revenue has been reported. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation was one of the inaugural 400.

Library CEO and Chief Librarian Marcellus “MT” Turner came to Charlotte from Seattle and remembered the positive energy around this special day of giving.

“It’s important to set aside a day to truly reflect on the gifts the Library and its staff give to the people in their communities,” said Turner, “In turn it gives us all an opportunity to recognize the value of public libraries – and give back.”

There are over 9,000 public libraries in communities across the nation. For all the unique services, programs and materials those libraries provide to their communities, they all have two things in common.

First, they’re accessible to everyone. And second, there’s no cost to use them.

However, public libraries do depend on support from the communities they serve.

#LibraryGivingDay is a one-day fundraising event on April 6th, with the goal of encouraging people who depend on and enjoy Charlotte Mecklenburg Library to donate.

There are so many reasons why libraries are important to our communities. Below are some statistics that illustrate the positive impact of public libraries. We hope you’ll join library supporters across the U.S. on April 6th with your contribution.

Why You Should Support Your Public Library

Libraries Provide Access to the Internet
100% offer access to the Internet, and nearly 100% offer free WiFi and computer use

Libraries Strengthen Local Economies
73% assist with job applications and interviewing skills
68% help patrons use databases to find jobs
48% provide entrepreneurs with business information
36% offer workspace for mobile workers

Libraries Make Communities Healthier
77% of public libraries offer online health resources
59% provide programs for finding health insurance

Libraries Help Children Learn
95% provide online homework help and summer reading programs

Sources: ALA Office for Library Advocacy; ALA Office for Research and Statistics; all facts compiled in 2017.


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