Donor Spotlight: John Slater, John Slater F. Funeral Home

Growing up, I learned how to use the library at my school library.  I was taught how to use a card catalog to locate the books I was interested in reading.  To be honest, I didn’t distinguish between my school library and the library in the community.

The library is important for the vitality of a neighborhood.  Its presence improves a community’s residential and educational appeal.  People appreciate having access to a library, whether it’s to gather books and information for themselves or to select a book to share with a grandchild.  A library is a draw for every age.

I think one of the most important roles a library can play today, is to teach people how to use the library.  It may no longer be by scanning a Dewey Decimal System paper card catalog, but rather navigating a catalog online or loading an electronic book onto a mobile device.  But once you learn what resources are available at the library, using the library will become second nature.

By relocating to the Leland Center, library patronage can only grow.  In addition to current users, those living close by will be able to wander in and see all that the library has to offer.  And as more people learn how to use the library, the library’s collection and programs can adapt to their needs and interests.

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.