Library Erects Tree Of Giving
Draped with colorful lights and silver tinsel, the fourth annual “Tree of Giving” has proved to be a popular avenue for local residents and patrons to donate a little or a lot to the Fulton County Library that is expected to start out the new year on a not-sobright note.
Donated by a pair of faithful library supporters, this year’s sixfoot, live evergreen boasts both sponsorship mittens and stars. Each mitten and star features an item routinely used by office staff or an item frequently found on the shelves for use by the library’s 9,600-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.” To recognize the generosity of area residents, the list of donors will be hung this holiday season near the “Tree of Giving” currently located in the newspaper/magazine reading area on the first floor of the North First Street, McConnellsburg, facility.
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 and stars could not have come at a better time.
Only last month, Brambley and members of the library board of directors calculated they were slated to begin the new year in the red with a budget shortfall of $42,929. They remain hopeful that the “Tree of Giving” as well as several hundred appeal letters recently mailed to loyal supporters will help shorten the gap between expenditures and revenue.
On a positive note, Brambley was happy to announce the library is tentatively slated to receive an increase in its annual allotment from the Fulton County commissioners. Brambley and the board learned at a recent commissioners’ meeting their request for a $2,500 increase was approved, thereby bringing the annual donation from the county to $10,000.
“It’s heartening to know the community is supporting us in our time of hardship,” said Brambley. “…Our budget is at a barebones minimum and covers rent, utilities, insurance, staffing and, of course, books. We cannot make any more reductions in the purchase of books and related materials as we are required to spend a certain dollar amount annually in this area.”
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.