In the Lingo Rotunda of the library is The Library Foundation’s Donor Recognition Wall. This interactive eye-catching display is a small way for us to publicly thank the many library donors and share some of their stories of why they give to our award-winning library. All donors, no matter the size of their gift, are listed on our wall. Please visit our wall at donor.tscpl.org.
Dottie Harder loved to read and loved her library. To her the library was “a most wonderful place”. Her late husband Bob was a Trustee on the library board. Dottie gave happily to the library and supported the library’s Robert C. and Dorothy L. Harder Family IREAD Initiative. This program began almost seven years ago focusing on kindergarteners becoming independent readers and welcoming them to the library with their first library card. Along with the card, each child receives a book and a wallet for their card. Dr. Harder’s memorial gifts started the program at Lowman Hill Elementary where Dr. Harder volunteered by reading to kindergarteners and giving them books. The IREAD program has expanded to the other Topeka schools and has reached 1,374 children since its inception.
Dottie passed away November 15, 2019 at the age of 89.
Jerry Reed was selected 2019 outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser for his longstanding support and volunteer work at the Topeka & Shawnee County Library. (pictured left to right: front row – Mary Campbell, Marilyn Ward, Barbara Coultis, Jerry Reed, Diana Reed, Judy Moler; second row – Gina Millsap, Nancy Lindberg, Judi Stork, Janel DeLeye, Bruce Burns and Brenda Dietrich)
Give the gift of reading this holiday season by supporting Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library! For a donation of $1 or more you receive an ornament. A $30 donation, enough to provide one child books for a year and you receive “A gift of reading” ornament. $150 provides one child five years of books and you receive a handmade book-themed ornament as a keepsake. Make your donation at the Chandler Booktique. Thank you!
Thank you to the employees of Kaw Valley Bank and their generous gift to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program. Thanks to their donation, an additional 35 children will receive a free book each month for one year. (pictured left to right: front row – Marilyn Ward, Gina Millsap, Kellee Kolean and Susan Koch; second row – Diana Friend, Sandy Atwood and Nancy Lindberg.)
Grand Opening of Claire’s Courtyard happened Tuesday, October 8, 2019 with a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m. Gathering on the Courtyard began at 10:00 a.m. with music by The Studio String Quartet. Visitors were able to tour the Sunroom, sit on the patio, listen to the Courtyard fountain and view…
The Library Foundation’s work with Security Benefit has created a literacy partnership that will be enjoyed all over Shawnee County.
Congratulations to the Topeka Chapter of The Links for being selected as 2018 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser by the Topeka Chapter of the AFP. The Links was nominated by The Library Foundation.
Thanks to everyone who purchased bricks for Claire’s Courtyard. 650 bricks were sold and almost $60,000 was raised for purchasing of the furnishings for the courtyard. Claire’s Courtyard will be open early next Spring!
Thanks to donors like you, more than 4,000 children in Shawnee County are receiving books at no cost to their family.