On Wednesday, Nov. 25, the Sechelt Public Library board launched the Loonies for the Library campaign.
Its goal is to raise $1,000 by the end of the year for the Iris Loewen Endowment Fund. During the coming years, the library will use income from the endowment fund for new or expanded services. "Taxpayers support basic library operations, and with this additional revenue, we can offer special children's programming and other services that cannot be covered in the library's annual operating budget," said board chair Bob Paulin in a news release.
The Iris Loewen Endowment Fund was established upon the retirement of chief librarian Iris Loewen in May. Managed by the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation (SCCF), it becomes active once it receives initial donations of $5,000. The goal is to secure the remaining funds during the coming months, and then to continue to build the fund's capital.
The Loonies for the Library campaign is a way for the entire community to contribute to the library and is a great example of the saying 'every little bit helps.'
A donation jar will be on at the library's circulation desk until the end of December when all loonies will be sent to the SCCF.
For more information about the campaign or the Iris Loewen Endowment Fund, contact chief librarian Helen Prosser at 604-885-3260 or visit www.sechelt.bclibrary.ca.