A generous patron has pledged to match financial donations made to The New York Public Library (NYPL) by Monday, September 30, 2013. Since, in recent years, the NYPL book-buying budget has fallen 26%, the NYPL is increasingly dependent on the Friends of the Library to raise money to purchase books.
The Friends already had a Fall Book Fund Campaign underway, hoping to raise enough money to purchase 3,600 books.
Jessica Cassidy, Director, Friends Program, writes, “Here's a little more information on what we'll be able to provide when your gift doubles.”
• Twice the physical and eBook copies of this year’s most popular best-sellers like The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, or The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (which also means half the waiting time!)
• Twice the educational resources for children and teens, like the most recent SAT prep guides for college-goers, books on science experiments for our next generation’s chemists or doctors, and novels for children or young adults who may be just learning about the magic and power of books
• Twice the most up-to-date materials for adult learners, helping make sure everyone can get their hands on a copy of the Petersen’s Master GED 2013 or most recent English Vocabulary for Beginning ESL Learners
She adds, “You believe, like I do, that libraries should be places of wonder and learning, and should hold all the books that a person could ever need. Help fill our shelves this fall with our list of must-reads and can’t-misses, especially while your gift will instantly be twice as effective.”
The Friends calculate a $20 gift, when doubled, will be worth two books; a $60 gift, when doubled, will be worth six books; a $100 gift, when doubled, will be worth ten books; a $300 gift, when doubled, will be worth thirty books; and $1,000 gift, when doubled, will be worth 100 books. They’ve setup a special “More Books Needed” Web page to receive donations and they are e-mailing links to it.
Alternatively, one can also print out a form and mail it to this address: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 476 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018. One can make a donation over the phone by calling this number: (212) 930-0653.
If one would like to donate money in one’s own name or the name of a friend or relative, one can do so online here. To become a Librarian Guardian and make a commitment for an ongoing monthly gift (without receiving any benefits as a Friend of the Library), for as little as $5 a month, one can do so online here.