Baltimore County Public Library Foundation Launches Giving Day Wednesday to Raise Additional Funds – Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore County Public Library Foundation is kicking off the Big Give – a day of giving on Wednesday to raise additional funds for projects vital to the library system.
The foundation is holding the event to replace lost revenue from its annual spring fundraiser, which it hasn’t held since 2019 due to the pandemic, according to Emily Williamson of the communications and media relations department at the foundation.
“We have a full day of events at various branches culminating in a free concert on the roof of the Towson Garage behind the Towson branch,” Williamson said. “There will be a band, food, games, a visit from Poe from the Ravens, and more”
The concert will take place from 6-8 p.m. and will feature local band Bad w/Names, food, vendors and other activities. Parking in the garage is free.
Donations can be made online to support Baltimore County Public Library initiatives including Library Social Worker, Summer Reading Challenge, STREAM Bookmobile for Youth, Storyville and Building Improvements .
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“We ask donors to give through this website and then choose a fund to direct their donations to,” Williamson said.
Anyone who donates $75 or more receives a “big cup” and is automatically enrolled in the foundation’s All In Crowd membership program. The foundation will be hosting events throughout the day at its library branches: North Point Branch 10-11 a.m., Woodlawn Branch 10:30-11:30 a.m., Perry Hall Branch 11-12 a.m., Cockkeysville branch from noon to 1 p.m. pm, Catonsville branch from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and Hereford branch from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The foundation plays a vital role in helping fund some of the library’s programs, including the Social Worker in the Library, the STREAM vehicle, the Building Fund and Storyville, Williamson said. In the past, the Foundation was responsible for funding the Mobile Library Law Center and initiating the first phase of social work in the library, she said.
The foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps fund new initiatives or programs that are not included in the overall library budget but are essential to 21st century library services, Williamson said.
“Today’s library is a trusted resource for the community and has become a connector providing services beyond books,” Williamson said. “During the height of the pandemic, the library served meals, distributed COVID test kits, installed Wi-Fi in parking lots, and added Chromebooks and hotspots.”
Learn more: foundationforbcpl.org/librarybiggive.