Friday, January 7, 2011

Donations welcome

I've been researching grants so I can buys stuff for the library like new books, books to have a book club, and funds to sponsor an "art and lecture" series.

My idea for an "art and lecture" series is to bring in guest speakers who would give a 15-20 minute program and then teach the students how to do a craft/ art project. I have a woman in town who makes jewelry. She could come in and tell her story and then show the students how to make something. I would need money to cover the cost of materials. I know of a woman who makes her skeins of wool yarn. It would be awesome for her to share the process and let the kids knit a hat. Ditto a candle maker. Ditto a soap maker. Ditto an organic gardener. These people will donate their time and sell me supplies at cost but I need money for the "cost" part.

As for book club, I want to be able to get 10 books a month so 9 kids (and me) can participate each month. I would like the students to be able to keep the books if they want- I can't even begin to explain how much would mean to some to these kids to be "given" a book. (And I have a sign up process so different kids will be able to participate monthly; I don't want it to be the same kids over and over.)

Any suggestions of where to go for money, please let me know. I know about our community foundation, local churches, and utility company foundations. I used to write grants for a living in a previous lifetime, so I know the basic drill. But I've been out of the game for awhile and it can't help to give me some ideas, please!!!!

The problem I have is that we have a development office who writes grants for stuff for the entire facility and I'm not "ALLOWED" to write to the same places. I understand, on principle. But I want a couple hundred bucks where they ask for several THOUSANDS.

Someone suggested I tap into private individuals I know who would give some money. Ummm, okay. I don't that many individuals who could give me $100 a month so I can do book club, and another $50-100 a month for art and lecture. I'm going to give that a whirl. I know I could just people for whatever they can give, and do it in small increments, and that's probably what I will do.

So, I'm cheating and starting here. If any readers would like to make a donation to the library for either of these projects, please let me know. I can start a paypal account, or for those of you who know me/ trust me, I'll give you my address and you can send the funds to me, made out to the school of course. And I can provide a receipt- tax deduction!

Thanks for your support!
Maggie the Librarian


sam said...

Hi again,

The group that I volunteer with gets free books from the The First Book National Book Bank. You can check them out. We are a non-profit. Maybe you can order through the school since you work with high risk kids.

To register:

Actual website:

Maybe a local yarn shop will donate unsold yarn to you if they can write it off. Same with unsold beads from a bead store???

Put a request in to Freecycle for supplies too. My Freeclycle is always giving away stuff like fabric, stamping stuff and scrapbooking supplies.

You could make a senior class quilt as a group project. Each person decorate a square and assemble it at the end of the year. Present it to the school at graduation and hang it in the library.

What an exciting project! Good luck!


PS Please email that picture! I sound like a pest but I'd love to see it!

Leslie in Adams Morgan said...

if you post your reading list, maybe we can all donate books?

Maggie said...

Sam/p- thank you for the great ideas!!!! (and I'll email you a pic this week. I need to "fix" my camera!)

Leslie- that is a great idea!! I'll do that this week! Thank you! (I have no idea why I didn't think of that... duh me!)