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Toledo Public Library Foundation – Instrumental in success of library

August 11, 2013
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The Toledo Public Library Foundation was established in 1999 for the purpose of assisting the library with additional funding for projects. Through fund raising efforts and community support, the library foundation has been successful in their mission to help make the Toledo Library a wonderful community place.

The library foundation has a nine-member board consisting of Jim Roan, Trudy Koch, Ray Murray, Barb Jordan, Jenny Bledsoe, Margaret Lyon, Chris Draisey, Kathy Holtz and Mary Doyle. The Library Foundation was significant in moving forward with the extensive development and beautiful renovation of the Toledo Library, which was completed in 2005. This large project was funded with the help of the City of Toledo, numerous grants and trusts, fund raising efforts and the generous donations of many businesses, organizations and citizens.

Over the years, the library foundation has provided many valuable resources, materials, and improvements to help enhance the library and the community. One of the useful resources that the foundation has provided recently is Ancestry Library Edition database. Ancestry Genealogy is very popular these days and normally a person would pay for this subscription on a monthly or annual basis. But through the financial help of the foundation, the public may use this database free of charge and patrons are thoroughly enjoying the free access to research their family members and piece their family trees together.

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Library patron Roger Giger is doing Genealogy research on the Ancestry Library Edition database at the Toledo Library.
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The foundation is recognized for hosting the Iowa Author Events that take place at the library several times each year. A few of our Iowa presenters / authors have been Connie and Carson Ode, Iowa Spaces-Places and Faces, An Entertaining Ride through all 99 Counties; Mike Chapman, Editor of Iowa History Journal Magazine, Donald Harstad, Iowa mystery author, Mary Kay Shanley, Our Iowa State Fair, and Chad Timm, a Humanities Iowa Program - WWII POWs in Iowa. These authors and presenters bring laughter, education and culture to our community and the events are always free and open to the public. The next time you see one advertised, please make a point to attend; you may be surprised at what a wonderful time you will have.

The library foundation has provided additional enhancements through purchasing special bookshelves and book collections, purchasing new and updated computers and copy machines, installing the beautiful entryway display cases, and the lovely window blinds. In order to accomplish these project improvements, the library foundation holds a very successful Love Your Library Dinner and Auction fundraiser annually. The foundation receives donations from local individuals and receives funding through many grants. The Tama County Community Foundation has helped the library purchase large print books, audio books, PBS DVDs, and puppet bags. The Pamida/Shopko Foundation has helped provide the library with essential children's programming supplies, the Dollar General Foundation has given the library the opportunity to acquire many multicultural materials for children, The Alliant Foundation supplied the funding to provide the library with window blinds, The Wesely and Irene Mansfield Charitable Foundation and the R.J. McElroy Trust were generous funders of the library's 2010 computer replacement project, and the Black Hawk County Gaming Association and the Carver Trust made it possible for the foundation to move forward with the library lighting replacement project just this summer. The foundation members are extremely grateful to these Foundations and Trusts for their support and considering the library as a wise investment in the community.

We invite you to visit your local neighborhood library. It is a gem in a small town. The library is a vital, growing and active refuge in the community where you can learn, explore, and grow.

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If you are interested in donating to the Toledo Library Foundation and making a tax-deductible lasting contribution to your public library, please feel free to contact any foundation member listed above or contact Jenny Bledsoe at the Toledo Library, 641-484-3362.




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