Library Board Decides against Fund-Raising Campaign

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Byline: Freida N. Gad Daily Herald Staff Writer

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library board has decided not to pursue a formal fund-raising program at this time.

"Our consensus is that we are not prepared to move on a fund-raising campaign," said library board member Jill Tucker, head of the board's long-range planning committee.

Library revenues come from government grants, taxes, and patron fees. At times, even those monies are not enough.

Executive Librarian Kathleen Balcom, in a recent report to the library board said the library undertook a pilot fund-raising project to raise $10,000 from corporations. The money was targeted for 2,500 paperback books as gifts to successful young readers in this summer's reading program.

Balcom reported that the pilot project did meet its goal. The Motorola Foundation donated $8,000. The remaining $2,000 was collected by combined donations from Harris Bank, Lattof Chevrolet, First Northwest Bank and First Chicago Bank.

Still, Balcom has concerns. …