Posted by: HouPL | 12/21/2011

Do We Accept Donation? Yes, Let Us Count the Ways. Part 4 Other Ways to Give

Let’s see…we have covered used book donations, Houston County Friends of the Library, monetary donations from civic groups and corporations, and Honor Books. In this last installment of our Donation Blog Series, we will discuss some of the other alternative ways of making donations to the Houston County Public Library System.
One of the Dinos at Perry Public Library.

First, try feeding our dinosaurs! They are friendly and, we promise, they won’t bite. All three branches have two pet dinosaurs with big bellies that love to be filled. These big belly banks are fun young ones and the young at heart as patrons enjoy feeding their spare change into the dinos and watching it curve its way down into the dino’s belly. Wonder where al that Dino Food goes? Well, all monies fed in the Library Dinosaurs go to help enhance children & teen programming at the home branch. This past spring, we held our first HCPLS Dino Derby, complete with Derby hats worn by some staff. All three branches raised a generous amount of funds for children & teen services. Thanks to the support of wonderful patrons and special donors, the reigning champion, Perry Public Library raised the most. Be on the look out for the Library Dinos at your local branch.

Houston County Public Library System has been lucky recipients of other types of generosity from patrons or community members, including goods that are used to enhance our services, collections or programming. Over the past few months, teens have been enjoying Wii Game Night at the Libraries. To make these fun-filled events happen, the Library has borrowed game systems. However, to be able to offer these programs regularly at all three branches

Wii Game System donated by an anonymous donor. Thank You!

for both teens and adults, the Library needs to have game systems in its own inventory. Recently, after learning about the Library’s difficulty purchasing two Wii game systems for teen and adult programming, an Anonymous Donor presented the Houston County Public Library System with a brand new Wii Game System complete with controllers. What an awesome gift! Now, Wii Game Nights are being scheduled at all three branches. Have you ever thought about giving a non-book item to the Library System, but were not sure if it the Library accepted in-kind donations? Yes, we do! For more information, feel free to contact your local branch.

Lastly, but certainly not least,  is the donation where donors give of themselves. No books. No problem. Volunteering is a wonderful way to give to the Houston County Public Library System. The three Library Branches are busy with very active circulations. This sometimes leaves us unable to get books back to the shelf address as quickly as we would like. Also, we may not be able to spend as much time straightening shelves that have accidentally been rearranged by browsers. This is where Library Volunteers are able to give invaluable support to the Library System. Volunteers offer their time and energy shelving books and shelf-reading. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer in the Library. Other volunteer opportunities are also available, such as Summer Reading Program Registration/Kick-Off, program preparations, and more. For more information about volunteering, please contact your local library branch.

Whew! That was a lot. There are many ways to donate and give to the Houston County Public Library System. No matter which method you choose, we are deeply appreciative of your generosity.

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