EVANS CITY — Librarian Judy Pfeifer hopes the community pride that is felt by residents and businesses will include support of the library.
The Evans City Public Library has kicked off its 2012 fund drive, and Pfeifer hopes businesses, friends and neighbors of the building on South Jackson Street will help her reach the fundraising goal of $10,000 to $12,000.
Pfeifer said the annual fund drive is more important than ever because state funds have been cut in recent years. She said the more local support the library gets, the higher its funding rate is from the state.
Pfeifer said she has sent letters to residents and businesses in Evans City, Callery and Forward Township requesting donations, but she has received only 10 percent of those requests back with a donation. She said if a $5 donation were returned with each request letter, the library could reach its goal.
Silent auctions for items donated by businesses and crafters are another fund-rasing avenue in the 2012 drive. Pfeifer said 14 items, including a handmade hat and scarf, picture frames and a table runner, are available by buying raffle tickets at the library. The raffle drawings will be held Dec. 15.
The library also raffled off an e-reader in the fund drive.
The library’s annual budget is about $68,000, Pfeifer said. That includes funding for the library’s four part-time employees.
Pfeifer said the library has about 20,000 books, DVDs and audio books for about 1,500 card holders.
Programs at the library are Story Hour for preschoolers, which runs from September through December and February through May; Bookworms, a group of teens who meet once per month for stories, games and other activities; and Rather Be Reading, an adult book club that meets at the library on the first Wednesday of each month.
“Supporting the library is important because the library benefits all age groups,” Pfeifer said, “and (donating) really shows that the community is behind our efforts to improve.”
She said the library receives help from Nelson Financial of Forward Township, which donates proceeds from its annual golf outing to the library, and from NexTier Bank, which offers help throughout the year.
Pfeifer said anyone can donate at the library during regular hours.
She said she is counting on those who appreciate the library to pitch in during the 2012 fund drive.
“I hope it’s a big success,” she said of the fund drive.