First Posted: 1/15/2009
A generous gift from Joy and Joe Loflin in honor of Linwood and Sara Hayes has pushed the library nearer its goal of raising $14,700. With the latest donation, the total now stands at $12,272.46.
Sara Hayes is serving as fundraising chair for the library, and the Vice President of its local board of directors one last time this year.
The library must raise its share of its total operating budget of $37,700 in order for the library to maintain its current hours of operation and its current level of outstanding service to this community and beyond.
The annual drive began this Spring and fundraisers hope to have it completed by September, but it will last as long as it has to in order for all the necessary funds to come in.
”We would love to get this effort wrapped up,” Mrs. Hayes said. “We are getting close, but it seems that those who are planning to give have already done so, so donations appear to be slowing down. We cannot stop now, though. We simply have to raise this amount of money, and we are sure we will. But it has taken us some time and we still have about $2,500 to go.
”So we at the library urge anyone, any church, business or group planning to donate, to please let us hear from you soon. Every gift of any size counts, and we will get to our goal together one gift at a time.”
St. Pauls’ Annie H. McEachern Public Library serves a large geographical area, including many school students. It is the only library between Fayetteville and Lumberton.
It receives its funding from the Robeson County Board of Commissioners ($12,000), the Town of St. Pauls ($11,000) and the remainder ($14,700) from patrons and supporters during its annual fund drive.
To make a tax deductible donation, please mail your gift to SP Public Library, 221 West Broad Street, SPNC, 28384. You can also drop off your donation and librarian Mary Jane M. Butler and assistant Dora Jackson will be happy to accept it and ask how your gift should be listed in The Review.