November 24, 2021
DOVER – For the first time in the organization’s history, the Delaware Library Association (DLA) is partnering with libraries across the state to launch a #GivingTuesday campaign to raise funds to support programs and services at libraries across the state.
From November 26 through December 2, donors can log on to Fundlibraries.org and pledge to their favorite participating library or directly to the Delaware Library Association.
Delaware Libraries make it happen by providing engaging, informational, and transformational programs, services, and collections and never was that truer than during the COVID pandemic. Even while their buildings were closed, staff rallied to serve the community by providing:
- Thousands of additional eBook, eAudio, and online program collections
- Hundreds of thousands of hours of telephone and virtual reference sessions.
- Curbside and grab and go access to library materials, craft and STEM kits
- Boosting signals to stable broadband, adding WiFi hotspots, and devices for checkout.
- Using bookmobiles as full-service mobile libraries throughout their communities
When you give to Delaware Public Libraries this Giving Tuesday, you’ll be giving the gift of libraries to thousands of Delawareans who rely on the services and programs of their local libraries. And, you’ll be contributing to the advancement of Delaware libraries by donating this Giving Tuesday. Delaware libraries accelerate personal learning and innovation in all Delawareans, from the youngest to the oldest. Starting at birth, Delaware Libraries support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which gifts a book monthly up until a child’s 5th birthday; to technology and life-long learning programs for the older generations.
File Photo: Interior photo of patrons using the facilities Saturday, Feb.17, 2018, at Elsmere Library in Wilmington. Photo By Saquan Stimpson
Your donation will support Delaware libraries by allowing them to invest in technology trends and patterns of change that impact our communities and environment. Libraries are the community bridge that connects people together. Please join us this season in giving, so that Delaware libraries can continue to offer an exceptionally robust catalog of services and offerings.
Fundlibraries.org is the first and only crowdfunding website dedicated solely to innovative library and literacy projects in school, public, and academic communities. It is a one-stop fundraising platform for libraries and library support organizations that connects great ideas in need of crowdsourced funding with tens of thousands of potential donors in the state and across the country.
The Delaware Library Association is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to advancing the cause of libraries and librarianship through advocacy, education, and public policy.
Assisting on this effort, EveryLibrary Institute has been working with Delaware’s libraries to provide training and the platform to receive online donations, Fundlibraries.org.
EveryLibrary’s extensive network of contacts and high visibility throughout the state and nationally will ensure Delaware libraries receive significant attention as they launch this groundbreaking effort. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, the EveryLibrary Institute acts as the fiscal agent to collect charitable donations from individuals and corporate donors and disburses them directly to either the library or a local Friends Group of the library at the close of the fundraising campaign.
EveryLibrary is a 501c4 political action committee dedicated to building voter support for libraries. Since 2012, EveryLibrary has provided donor-supported pro-bono advising and consulting to 63 library campaigns helping to win over $220 million in stable tax funding. Beginning in 2016, EveryLibrary has provided strategic and tactical support to school library communities on education and tax policy, along with supporting dozens of challenges to school library budgets and school librarian positions in schools and districts across the country.
About EveryLibrary Institute
The EveryLibrary Institute is a national 501c3 non-profit with a mission to support libraries and librarians in the United States and abroad. We partner with allied organizations including foundations, philanthropic organizations, associations, non-profits, and academic institutions to enhance the perception of libraries and librarianship through direct engagement with the public.