Close to Home: Foundation is set up to help address county library needs

  • Working at the Sonoma County library's downtown Santa Rosa branch are from left: Julie Danielik (cq),12, of Santa Rosa;Joseph Want (cq) Santa Rosa; and Annie Terry (cq( of Santa Rosa. Sonoma County libraries are banking on a $2 billion state bond on the June ballot to build new libraries in Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Windsor and Sonoma Valley. (PRESS DEMOCRAT/ MARK ARONOFF)

A local third-grader recently raised money from her lemonade stand and sent the money to the foundation, along with a very nice drawing of a book.

The revised joint powers agreement covering the library system now includes a provision that allows each of our libraries to raise funds for increases in service hours. The foundation supports the concept of community-funded library access, through donor-based fundraising or local tax measures, so long as that funding is applied equitably throughout the county system.

The foundation is in a unique position to gather and disburse private funds on a countywide basis and is ready to be a key partner in the efforts to enhance library access and services throughout Sonoma County.

<i>Jenni Klose is president of the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation. David Ebright is vice president.</i>

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