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"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.
Why a Foundation?
Helping Ensure our Library's Future
The Foundation for the Elyria Public Library System was incorporated in 2010 when the founding members recognized a continued decline in the amount of library support money from the State of Ohio, and recognized the library system's need for additional financial support. As a 501(c)(3) public charity, the Foundation has the ability to invest donated funds for a better financial return than is available to the library system that uses public funding.
The Foundation's sole purpose is to seek funding in support of current library services and to ensure the library system's future financial stability.
You can help the library system continue to be a successful and important part of our community.
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.
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What is an Endowment Fund?
If your interest lies in a special service offered by the library system, a certain type of material, or even a library branch, Endowment Funds are a perfect match for you. Donations to these Funds are invested for growth. The principal remains intact. A portion of the annual investment income can be used to support the donor designated fund. Any remaining income is reinvested with the principal. Each endowment gift grows and is available for continued support of that specific fund into the future.
Choose from the following Endowment Funds, or talk to us about creating a Fund to match your interests!
Unrestricted Endowment Fund - This fund holds endowment gifts, the use of which is not donor restricted.
Capital Improvement Fund - Used to make capital improvements to library buildings,
use of this fund is directed by the library system's Board of Trustees.
Library Materials Fund - Books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, reference and other library materials are purchased with this fund.
Children's Program Fund - Fees for guest performers, craft and program supplies, puppets and
reading awards, all for children, come from this fund.
Bookmobile Fund - When a new bookmobile is needed, these funds are available to help with the purchase.
Literacy Fund - The purpose of this fund is the promotion of literacy at all ages and states of development.
Keystone-LaGrange Library Fund - Support of the Keystone-LaGrange Branch as directed by the
library system's Board of Trustees is the purpose of this fund.
Who Controls the Endowment Funds?
The Board of Trustees of the Foundation for the Elyria Public Library System manages the
Endowment Funds according to the Board's policies.
What is Giving in the Future?
Donors who give in the future make a Planned Gift to the Foundation for the Elyria Public Library System through a will, trust, life income agreement or another current or deferred giving arrangement. These donors will be remembered for their support of the Foundation's work toward the library system's future.
Gifts may be specified for any of the Endowment Funds which support the library system and are managed by the Foundation's Board of Trustees. The principal of the gift remains invested. The income supports the donor's chosen Endowment Fund forever.
Bequest in a will
Gift through a trust
Pension plan beneficiary
Life insurance beneficiary
Current gift of cash or securities
Remembering the Foundation in your Last Will and Testament
1. You may leave the remainder of your estate after specific bequests have been made: "I give, devise and bequeath to the Foundation for the Elyria Public Library System all (or %) of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate as an unrestricted gift" (or "to be used for: add name of specific Endowment Fund".)
2. A general or specific bequest allows stocks, bonds, real estate, an amount of money, or a percentage of your estate to be given: "I give, devise and bequeath to the Foundation for the Elyria Public Library System the sum of $___ (or describe the real or personal property_ as an unrestricted gift (or "to be used for: add name of specific Endowment Fund.")
3. A contingent bequest (a distribution from your estate), if one or more of your named beneficiaries does not survive you: "I give the residue of my estate to my brother (John). If my brother (John) does not survive me, I give the residue of my estate to the Foundation for the Elyria Public Library System as an unrestricted gift: (or "to be used for: add name of specific Endowment Fund.")
Working as a team for the future of the library system
Our Board of Trustees
The Foundation for the Elyria Public Library System was incorporated in 2010. Since that time, we have worked with dedicated and charity minded people to support the library system with current financial needs and in planning for the future.
Our board, made up of dedicated community members, is taking he Foundation to a new level of community awareness as we strengthen the library system of the future by working with donors today.
Contact us to learn more about what you can do to help.
Become part of the library system's future by donating or volunteering today.
Rhonda Smith, President Janet Stoffer, Secretary Jim Vandemark, Vice President
Nancy Baldauf Kathy Boylan LaTaunya Conley Cherie Fabian Barry Hubbard
Lyn Crouse, Library Director
Carol Campana, Fiscal Officer
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.
Full page program ad, 8 Meet and Greet admissions, 8 concert tickets, program listing
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
1 concert ticket
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...
in concert at the Elyria High School Performing Arts Center, West Avenue,
About New Odyssey
For 40 years, Gary Todd, Michael Jay and Gary Polkow have been performing classic rock, country and all types of music from across the decades. They are 3 guys who play 30 instruments in every high energy show. You will be surprised and delighted. Check them out at or on You Tube.