Our Annual Appeal

"A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life."   Henry Ward Beecher

The Foundation for the Elyria Public Library System needs your support today.

Shhh.Shhh.Shhh. Do you remember the libraries of the past, where quiet ruled and

only printed material was available? Imagine living in a community with an old fashioned library, or no library access at all. No programs, classes, focus groups or computers. The Foundation for the Elyria Public Library System’s sole purpose is to support current library services and sustain endowments for the library's future in the Elyria City School and Keystone School districts.


Because of a library, Betsy was the only child in her first grade class who knew how to

read when school started, despite living in a small town that had no kindergartens. Kate's family moved south every winter and north every spring, only renting a house if a library was within walking distance. Mark made two gifts last year in appreciation of the way Elyria’s library system values the potential of every individual. The Foundation collects stories like these and hopes future stories will reflect the work done by the Foundation today.

The Foundation needs your financial help as we continue to support current library services and, most importantly, to endow the library system for future generations. Please consider

the impact your tax deductible contribution can make. Thank you for your dedication to the library system and for your support of the Foundation.

Your tax deductible donation is greatly appreciated. Send your check, made payable to the Foundation for the Elyria Public Library System, to 320 Washington Avenue, Elyria, Ohio 44035

The Foundation for the Elyria Public Library System is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by 26 USC 170.

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Giving Your Way

Choose the timing that fits your needs

Every person has the chance to build toward the future of the library system — no matter how big or small. Whatever amount you can give, how often you can give, or when you can give, know that your contribution makes a difference in the lives of other library users. Every. Single. Day. Your donation helps the Foundation reach its goal of securing the library into the future.


Our community supports the library system through donations to the Foundation

How Your Gift Supports
the Library System

Donors may direct gifts for unrestricted use, designate them for a particular Endowment Fund
or choose to support current library services.


ENDOWMENT FUNDS - Donor Directed Support

Donors may direct how a gift is used.

Every donor has the opportunity to help ensure the future of the library system. Whatever amount you can give, or time you are willing to dedicate, know that your contribution makes a difference in the lives of our community members. Every. Single. Day. Your donation, together with those of our other supporters, helps the Foundation carry out its Mission, now and into the future.

Do you want to learn more about making a gift to the Foundation for the Elyria Public Library Foundation? Please contact us today.


Giving in the future

. . . Endowment is forever



Join our dedicated team of givers. With your help, we will be able to do more in the future.


How the Library System Supports our Community

Pride in Our Library System

Library materials, services and programming are funded and currently available to the communities of the Elyria City and Keystone-LaGrange school districts at five locations:

Central Branch

320 Washington Avenue

Elyria, Ohio 44035

West River Branch

1194 West River Rd North

Elyria, Ohio 44035

North Branch

1005 North Abbe Road

Elyria, Ohio 44035

South Branch

(Asbury United Methodist Church)

1215 Middle Avenue

Elyria, Ohio 44035

Keystone-Lagrange Branch 

101 West Street

 LaGrange, Ohio 44050


New Odyssey Concert - May 5, 2018

The Foundation's Second Annual New Odyssey Concert was held on Saturday, May 5, 2018,

at the Performing Arts Center of Elyria High School on West Avenue.

We welcomed New Odyssey back to Elyria for a last performance during its 'farewell tour'. New Odyssey planned to "go out with a bang" after 40 years of entertaining audiences

across America, and delivered on that promise. It was a great evening. The Foundation hosted a Meet and Greet, complete with hot and cold h'orderves, from 5:15-6:15 pm and the concert began at 7:00 pm.

Event Sponsor.......$2,500

Full page program ad, 8 Meet and Greet admissions, 8 concert tickets, program listing

Show Sponsor.......$1,000

Half page program ad, 6 Meet and Greet admissions, 6 concert tickets, program listing


Quarter page program ad, 4 Meet and Greet Admissions, 4 concert tickets, program listing


2 Meet and Greet admissions, 2 concert tickets, program listing

Meet and Greet/Concert...$35

1 Meet and Greet admission, 1 concert ticket

Concert Only...........$20

1 concert ticket

Program Listing........$30

No tickets

The Meet and Greet is a private reception at the Performing Arts Center prior to the concert, including heavy hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks.

May 5, 2018

The Foundation for the Elyria Public Library System presented...
New Odyssey
in concert at the Elyria High School Performing Arts Center, West Avenue,  

Have you joined us in the past?

Past Events

All of the events presented by the Foundation are fundraisers. We do not spend Foundation funds on donor gifts. All donations are used to fulfill the Foundation's sole purpose of support for the library system, now and into the future. By purchasing tickets to or sponsoring one of our fundraising events, you are helping the Foundation fulfill its mission.


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