Magazine article Library Administrator's Digest

Love the Library

Magazine article Library Administrator's Digest

Love the Library

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Often you hear people say, "I love the library." The following stories are about people who felt so passionately about their libraries and the value of the library to the community that they made significant financial contributions impacting the institution for years into the future.

Imagine the surprise of Library Director Ted Smith of Nebraska's Norfolk Library Foundation when he opened an envelope containing a $500,000 check from entertainer Johnny Carson. In a letter accompanying the gift Mr. Carson said, "I can think of few projects more important to the community than having a first class library - especially if it encourages young people to read." The entertainer was born and schooled in Norfolk and has contributed to other community projects over the years. The money started an endowment from which the interest will go to enhance library services.

Boston Public Library received a gift from the estate of Thomas Drey for a whopping $6.8 million. Mr. Drey was a retired educator and author, and bequeathed his entire estate to the library. The library's mission of lifelong learning was important to him. He had extensively used the library from childhood into retirement. The story is even more interesting because he turned a modest sum of money into a fortune in the stock market by using the library's business section for its materials on investing and financial decision making!

Construction funds for the Pueblo City-County Library's new main library fell $4 million short and officials were about ready to settle for a cut-back version when Robert Rawlings, publisher of the Pueblo Chiefton, stepped in with a donation of $4 million of his own personal funds. …

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