The Library provides a hub for members of the community to connect and interact with each other through engaging activities, programs and resources. The Calvert Library Foundation works hard to maintain and improve the resources available at the Library through the help of community members and local businesses. Scott Deacon, President of the Calvert Library Foundation, shares with us some touching moments and upcoming events the community can look forward to in this week’s Friday Focus.
Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)
Calvert Library Foundation is an enabling organization whose stated purpose is to improve public library services and facilities in Calvert County Maryland. The Foundation accomplishes this purpose by securing non-government funding from residents of Calvert County and its surrounding counties in Maryland, business and private sources. These funds are used to ensure public access to books, CDs, DVDs and on-line resources as well as make significant improvements to library facilities not otherwise obtainable through governmental or other institutional resources.
In the past we have purchased furnishing for the libraries. A few examples include shelving, chairs, tables windows, rooms and imagination stations. Additionally, we have purchased mobile hotspots, computers, software and staff training.
Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?
One year we purchased $10,000 worth of Legos for the library. Some of the board members got to attend an event at the Twin Beaches location and got to play with the children as they heard a story and had to make figures that were described in the story. We were humbled by the imagination exhibited by the children and the skill they demonstrated in bringing the characters in the story to life using the Legos we provided. As I sat on the floor one youngster helped me build a character so I would not be left out. I appreciated the innocence and sincere kindness that can only be shared by a youngster. I knew these Legos were a great investment in not only developing children’s listening skills and imagination but more importantly, to cultivating civility of our county’s youth.
Q: What is your biggest challenge?
Our biggest challenges are identifying and maintaining engaged volunteers for the Board and our activities as well as identifying steady funding sources.
Q: Are there any upcoming events?
The Foundation is listed as part of the annual US Government Combined Federal Campaign charity drive which is going on right now. If you know of any federal government workers please encourage them to donate to the Calvert County Library Foundation. Our charity number is 53532.
We are actively planning a road rally as a fundraising event which will take place in October 2019. This event will be a timed event and have multiple routes that go from the top of the county to the bottom of the county. We have identified over 80 different locations in the county that have historical significance. Each route will guide you through five or six of these locations. This will be a great family outing as well as an educational journey. We hope to make this an annual fundraising event for the foundation.
Q: How can people get involved with your organization?
We are an all-volunteer organization made up of country residents. If you would like to be on the Board of Directors or if you would like to become involved in our activities, please contact us:
Leave a message at the Library: (410) 535-0291
Write to us:
Calvert Library Foundation
850 Costley Way
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
The other way you can help is to give generously through:
- Underwriting rooms at the Library
- Underwriting special projects, e.g., Imagination Station
- Special gifts
- Bequests in your Will
- Insurance policies with the Library as beneficiary