2009-12-03 / Front Page

Library Seeks Donations Through Tree Of Giving

To see reductions in county, state funding
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Rebecca McFadden (left), and Dane Sauter (right), who are working at the Fulton County Library through the county employment and training office, help library Director Jamie Brambley put the final touches on the Tree of Giving located in the entryway of the facility on North First Street. The tree was erected in hopes of raising money for the library through local sponsorships of books, music, movies and office supplies. Rebecca McFadden (left), and Dane Sauter (right), who are working at the Fulton County Library through the county employment and training office, help library Director Jamie Brambley put the final touches on the Tree of Giving located in the entryway of the facility on North First Street. The tree was erected in hopes of raising money for the library through local sponsorships of books, music, movies and office supplies. To help offset budget cuts occurring at both the county and state level, officials at the Fulton County Library are enlisting the assistance of local residents this Christmas season.

The “Tree of Giving” was erected and decorated Monday just inside the entryway of the North First Street facility, complete with garland, bows, cinnamon stick Santas and, most importantly, sponsorship mittens. Each mitten includes an item routinely utilized by office staff or an item frequently found on the shelves for use by the library’s 8,000-plus patrons as well as a price.

By sponsoring one of the items that range in price from just $2.50 for a roll of packing tape to $400 for one month’s rent at the Hustontown Library, residents will find themselves on “Santa’s Library Helper List.” The list of donors will be hung this holiday season in the library entrance near the “Tree of Giving” to recognize the generosity of area residents.

Among the additional 33 items available for sponsorship at the library are music CDs, hardcover children’s books, large-print books, young adult paperbacks, DVDs, office supplies and even paper towels, toilet paper and bathroom towels.

According to executive Director Jamie Brambley, the “Tree of Giving” and sponsorship mittens could not have come at a better time.

Only last week, Brambley and members of the library board of directors were apprised by the Fulton County commissioners that as an outside organization the library was in line for an approximate 50 percent reduction in its annual county allocation. By cutting its county assistance, the library could also stand to lose state funding. The combined loss could result in a loss of almost $23,000 of state and local aid.

Brambley said library officials have already returned to their initial budget proposal and will work hard to try to minimize the impact of state and local cuts to library users.

All donations made to the library through the “Tree of Giving” are tax deductible. Anonymous donations can be given, and donations can also be be made on behalf of a loved one or in honor of a family member or friend.

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