Beyond the Books: Friends & Foundation Furthers Library Mission

Clearview Library District Friends & Foundation, News


Beyond the Books — the library’s new leadership program — offers community members a monthly immersive and behind-the-scenes look at the Clearview Library District. Each month we’ll offer a recap of the session. In October, participants learned all about the Friends & Foundation, as well as resources and programs for adults at the Clearview Library District.

"In New Orleans they call it ‘lagniappe,’ something given as a bonus or gift,” describes Library Director Ann Kling. “That is how I think of the Clearview Library District Friends & Foundation. They further the Clearview Library District mission by adding that special something. We are fortunate to have such a giving group of people as our partners.

The Clearview Library District Friends & Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to expand the reach of the library through private funding and community support.

“The Friends & Foundation raises money to gift to the library, so that they can provide programs or items that fall outside of the operating budget,” said Friends & Foundation President Jennifer Whittington. “We like to think we are helping make our good library great by supporting unique projects.”

There are two sides to the Friends & Foundation. The Foundation side raises funds and awards grants to the library. The Friends of the library is a group of library lovers that help support the Friends & Foundation through either a financial membership — six different levels starting at $15 per year — or a volunteer commitment with the organization’s fundraising or awareness events. 

“The Foundation Board sets fundraising goals, which can meet the needs library staff identify for the coming year,” explained Whittington. “The Friends run the fundraisers that help us meet those goals, and participate in social events that appeal to the inner bookworm of a library lover.”

This year, the Friends & Foundation awarded the library $10,000 in grant funding, which included $2,000 for Children’s books, $5,000 for a print edition of the library newsletter, $2,000 for intergenerational programming, and $1,000 for new technology tools for programming in collaboration with Weld RE-4 schools.

“The library staff is brimming with fantastic ideas for kids and adult programming. The Friends & Foundation chose to fund ideas that bring the community together,” Whittington shared. “The intergenerational programs are a perfect example of this, because they bring older adults together with kids or teens to learn and create. 

“We’re excited to see where these programs go.” 

Clearview Reads Coming Soon

Each year, the Clearview Library District, Clearview Library District Friends & Foundation, and the Kathy Murphy Speaker Series Fund present Clearview Reads, a series of literary events that brings popular authors into our community. The 2020 Clearview Reads author is scheduled for February 22. Stay tuned for the author announcement, coming soon!