2016 Summer Reading Program
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS PUBLIC LIBRARY (WSSPL)
FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
WSSPL needs your help. We are initiating our annual fund drive. We need to raise approximately 30% ($27,000) of our budget in private donations/non tax-based moneys. Currently the WSS Rotary Club is the only local group that sponsors fundraising events for our library. The story is found following the Bottom Line. We are desperate for your advocacy to your friends and personal networks.
What we need--What we aspire to be:
We need money for operations: All of the programs we put on require motivated, competent staffing; program planning and execution, including after hours events. We need to increase staff compensation (in 8 years we have cycled 4 Library Directors, in part to low pay). Grants, both public and private typically will not fund operating costs.
Our vision is a vibrant cultural hub with expanding programs/month with superior staffing: More children’s programs; adult reading; incentive funds to encourage literacy-particularly youth; money for music, history, art, quilt and photography shows etc.
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU:
Obviously we are seeking donations: If you have the means please give. If you are part of a civic or business/ group-adopt the library with fundraisers or as a yearly charitable donation. We need your help with obtaining donations, memorial funds and endowments.
Even if you are financially limited: EVERYBODY KNOWS SOMEBODY WHO KNOWS AN IMPORTANT SOMEBODY! REACH OUT--BE AN ADVOCATE/ AMBASSADOR AND GET OUR MESSAGE OUT.
Please read on for more and share our story anywhere and everywhere!
Our Mission-Community Needs We Fulfill
What We Need--Our Aspirations
Our basic mission: serve as the information center for our service area (Just under 6,000 people: Caldwell, WSS, Route 92 communities, Big Draft). Additionally, it is our goal to provide our library as a Community/Hub/ Center for our local area, providing expanded meeting facilities and historical, cultural and entertainment programs.
What We Provide-Why it Matters
Books etc; Our reading, audio/digital book and audiovisual collection are first rate and kept up to date. In what appears to be a post coal economy, a literate W.Va. is more important than ever.
Children’s Reading- Read Aloud and Summer Reading Program’s: Fact: 2014 57.6% of Greenbrier County fourth graders score below proficient in reading/language arts. Your financial support allows us to provide added staff hours and materials to be a significant factor in solving this problem.
1) Our rural patrons are grossly underserved with broadband: 2 miles from WSS will find computer service absent, unreliable or cost prohibitive. We provide a means for these adults and children to access computer resources.
2) Employment- we have many patrons who use our resources to do job searches, fill out online applications or print the same. Employment benefits everyone.
Community Center for Arts, History, Musical Cultural Events: We host art shows, volunteer live music, History Alive and Local Area History projects. We view these as a critical role in the revitalization of “community” in WSS in concert with Main Street WSS, Civic and Business entities.
Note--currently Mark Linkous- has given us the local area history collection of Debbie Simpson, news articles, photo’s, memorabilia and newspapers going back to the early 1900’s. An 8 person group spearhead by Dr.Frank Collin’s has volunteered over 240 hours in initial sorting and cataloging to preserve this precious history for our local area.
WSSPL is committed to W.Va., Area and Local authors and history. With your funding we hope to digitize all local history documents for computer/Web accessibility.