September Capital Campaign Donor Spotlight: Kathy Blanchard

Libraries mean the world to me; they hold a community together.  You can always find someone to talk to or something on the shelf.  In the summers we’d gather up our books and head to the library to check more out for the following week.  I met my best friend talking about books.  We were in the sixth grade and I asked her about the book on the top of her stack.  She asked the same of me.  All these years later, we still ask each other what we’re reading.

The library will be easier to get to in the new location. The bus stop is nearby and all the people using the ballfields and living in the apartment complexes will be able to use the library, in addition to the current staunch library users.

When I volunteer at the library I encounter people looking for answers, needing entertainment, looking for work.  There is a lot of community going on at the library, especially the immigrants.  Libraries are at the basis of democracy and a place where you can find the truth.  It is important that society have a place where they can find the truth.

Kathy is a regular volunteer and member of the Friends of the Baldwin Borough Public Library.  Kathy has pledged to support the large print collection in the new library, in honor and memory of her mother.

Naming Opportunity: Large Print Collection Sponsorship

The Library consciously purchases materials in different formats to accommodate residents that have vision limitations. “Large Print” books are printed in a larger font to help make reading easier on the eyes by eliminating the eye strain that can be caused when reading standard print books. This sponsorship, will provide money to purchase large print books, by a wide range of authors so even those that have vision challenges can still enjoy reading their favorites.

 

August Capital Campaign Donor Spotlight: McElhinny Insurance

Tim McElhinny who, along with his brother, Tom, represents the third generation of this family-owned business, is working hard to instill in his three children the same ideals that his grandfather made an integral part of the company’s values.

When library board president Kelly Mossbauer approached Tim about supporting the library’s fundraising campaign, Tim didn’t hesitate to say “Yes,” making the gift in memory of his grandfather and grandmother, Dennis and June McElhinny.

“I learned from my Pap that there’s nothing more important than doing what you can do to help others. That also means supporting important causes in the community,” said Tim.

“When I was young I remember him taking me on visits to collect premiums. Sometimes people just couldn’t pay, but my grandfather made it a point to find ways to help them out. It wasn’t just good business. He knew how important it was for their families to be protected and that, in the long run, the community would be stronger for it,” added Tim.

Over time, Tim became aware of his grandfather’s quiet generosity, whether it was supporting his church, other religious causes, and other organizations in the community.

“He always tried to pay it forward, and that’s the same lesson I am trying to teach my kids.”

Why support the library? Tim recalls family camping trips when he was a child. A staple of evening entertainment were books on loan from the local library.

“Pap always took us to the library to stock up before leaving on camping trips because there wasn’t a lot to do in the evenings. It was great fun,” said Tim, “and I know this gift to the Baldwin Library would mean a great deal to him and my grandmother.

“I want those values to carry forward for my children. They need to know the big picture and how important it is to have a strong moral compass and stay connected to the people and places in the community that do good for others.”

Tim McElhinny is the owner of McElhinny Insurance.  He has pledged to support the bookdrop at new library.

Book Drop        $5,000

Not everyone can get to the library during open hours.  Your gift will provide a secure and convenient place for returning materials after hours, or when patrons are low on time and cannot come inside the library.

We need your help.   Whether or not you are a regular library user, we know you understand that a library is a community asset that benefits everyone. Your financial support, regardless of amount, will be vital in helping us reach our goal!

To see the complete list of donors & ways you can help, click here.