From staff reports
The Trussville, Pinson and Clay libraries, alongside the 40 Public Libraries in Jefferson County, are announcing plans for this year’s online fundraising campaign, “The Great Give.” It will take place May 12 & 13 and will help further the significant work of the 40 municipal libraries in the Jefferson County area.
“I am thrilled about this year’s campaign for The Great Give,” said Emily Tish, Director of the Trussville Public Library. “Alabamians are known for our generosity, and we can’t wait to celebrate the difference this community’s kindness will make in even two short days. It’s two days to support the 40 Public Libraries In Jefferson County that make our area special, and it provides the opportunity for residents to make a difference in our county as a whole.”
Everyone is encouraged to post a “selfie” with their favorite book or their library card when they choose to donate to the campaign, along with a caption explaining why they are a “fan” of their local library. To promote the campaign on social media sites, the 40 Public Libraries in Jefferson County will be utilizing a hashtag- #TheGreatGive. Those that use the campaign hashtag will be entered into a drawing for an e-reader.
The library cooperative is using the campaign for continued assistance to keep the “40 Libraries. 1 County. 1 Card.” system alive.
The Jefferson County Library Cooperative works behind-the-scenes to coordinate the services that link 40 libraries with “one card” for everyone in the county. The core services made available to all county residents are as follows:
- Nearly 2 million items in 40 libraries countywide
- In person, or online holds on items at any library in the county
- Delivery service – the items residents want where they want to pick them up
- 24/7 catalog, downloadable audio (7,174) & E-books (13,440)
- Information databases
- Internet access –Plus Free WiFi available in 40 libraries
- Books-By-Mail for the homebound
- IT Support for member libraries
The Great Give fundraising campaign will assist the library cooperative as it works to continue linking our 40 libraries with Jefferson County residents. Those interested in donating to The Great Give on May 12 and 13 will be able to do so by logging onto http://www.razoo.com/story/The-Great-Give-2015, by mailing in a donation to: Jefferson County Library Cooperative, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203, or by dropping off a donation at your local library.
All donations will be tax-deductible as the Jefferson County Library Cooperative, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.
About the Jefferson County Library Cooperative
The mission of the Jefferson County Library Cooperative is to connect all citizens by providing resources and community-building opportunities that inspire life-long learning. The Public Libraries In Jefferson County have been cooperating since 1978 with 22 member libraries (40 locations). To learn more, visit www.PublicLibrariesInJC.org.