Get Involved Get Involved The Library District donors know that learning is a lifelong affair. Donors and volunteers understand that the library is a catalyst for creating community. The generosity of community members who give of their time, talent and resources make new learning opportunities possible.

Poudre River Friends of the Library

The Poudre River Friends of the Library is an organization of library advocates who raise needed monies to support the Poudre River Public Library District.

In 2009 The Friends donated over $91,000 to fund popular programming for the District such as the Annie Walk, Summer Reading Program, Victorian Festival, Book Club Kits and more.

The chief fund-raising events are the used book sales which happen in the spring, summer and fall. Donations for the book sales are taken through all three libraries.

For more information call the Friends Shop at Harmony Library, 204-8405.

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Poudre River Library Trust

The Poudre River Library Trust, Inc. was founded in 1999 by a dedicated group of library supporters. The Trust has established an endowment to ensure the Poudre River Public Library District system responds to the increasing demands of an inquisitive, progressive, and multicultural information society.

In 2009 the Poudre River Library Trust gave money to the summer reading program, “Readers to the Rescue.” This program encourages children to read above and beyond the regular summer reading program.

The Poudre River Library Trust is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and is pleased to receive gifts from individuals who find it a fitting way to honor friends and loved ones. Bequests, legacies, devises, transfers, or gifts to the Trust are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

For more information on the Library Trust.

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Volunteers are a vital part of our District. Volunteers bring excitement and passion for literacy to District communities. In 2009 the Library District had 1,077 volunteers (789 in 2008) that clocked in over 17,970 hours of time.

In 2009 volunteers selected materials and made 914 deliveries of over 8,000 materials to homebound patrons throughout the District.

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Library Pals

Library PalsSome of the most enthusiastic volunteers for the Library District are members of the Library Pals Volunteer program. Kids who have finished grade 5, 6, 7, or 8 can apply to be Library Pals. If accepted, they receive training and work one two-hour shift a week during June and July, helping with all sorts of library tasks — straightening shelves, washing books, listening to younger kids read, suiting up as the library mascot, learning to tell stories, contributing to the Kids’ Blog, and much more. After their first summer’s training and work, many Library Pals return to the Libraries during the school year to help with various events. Some specialize in performance as Puppet Pals or Theatre Pals, delighting young audiences at Library puppet shows and at Story Theatre shows.

In 2009 Library Pals, Puppet Pals, and Theatre Pals logged over 1,980 hours in volunteer time.

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The following individuals and organizations made generous donations to the Library in 2009. Some gifts were made in memory of loved ones, while others were made to enhance specific Library collections or services. All gifts to the Library are greatly appreciated as they improve our ability to deliver high quality service and to build outstanding collections.

Donors of up to $99
Joe & Linda Cowan
Sunisa & Muchima Smittakorn
Billie Higgins
American Association of University Women
Janet Metcalf
M.E. McCallum
Karen Newburg
Marjorie Boehner
Shirley Gausman
Glenn Ann Bowden
K.A. Lindgren
Claire Osterholm
Sarah Bennett
The Jones Family
Eleanor Booth
Readers Club
Mr. & Mrs. Lang
Dwight Lutsey
Pat Hayward

Donors of $100 to $499
Ehud Ben-Hur
Marjorie Kiefer
Fort Collins Lions Club
Runza Restaurant
Dr. & Mrs. Ingram
Literary Tour Book Group
Dennis & Nina Small
Wiley & Christie Long
Arlene Hoffman

Grants and Other Large Gifts
The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado (Gary & Carol Ann Hixon) — $500
Isabelle Arnold Estate — $88,965.50
Billee Gontrum Estate — $16,405.38
Poudre River Friends of the Library — $91,415

Special Thanks to the Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant, in association with American Library Association's Public Awareness Committee for partial funding of this on-line annual report.

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