Why I Give

Laura Sinkler and Tilly Johnson

Why I Give…

Laura Sinkler of Tecumseh is a teacher at Raintree Montessori School in Lawrence. She made a gift for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library asking that her donation be made in honor of Tilly Johnson, one of her 9-year-old students. Why in honor of Tilly? Read more…

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Glenn Swogger

Why I give…

Recently, Glenn and Claire Swogger were honored for their pledge to underwrite the library’s outdoor café expansion. Claire’s Corner will include a year-round all-weather pavilion, an outdoor courtyard and an outdoor amphitheater-type program area and classroom.

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Lynn and Imogene Davis

Why I give…Imogene and Lynn Davis

Imogene Davis’ husband, Lynn, honors her memory and love for the library. From 1997 to 2015, Imogene loved her time volunteering at the library’s information desk and the Friends of the Library annual book sale. According to library volunteer coordinator, Kari Zimmerman, “The library became a part of her life”.

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Phil and Betty Baker

Why I give… Dr. Phillip and Betty Baker

“We use the resources of the library and like the staff. We decided the library gave us so much we wanted to give back,” stated Dr. Baker about his and his wife Betty’s decision to fund the Dr. Phillip and Betty Baker Genealogy Center.

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Jerry Reed

Why I give… Jerry Reed

“The library is important to me, in particular, the gallery.” Those were the words from Jerry Reed when asked why he volunteers in the library’s Alice C. Sabatini Gallery and makes donations designated to the gallery. As a retiree, Jerry’s donations of time and money are matched by his former employer, ConocoPhillips.

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Why I give… Kay McFarland

Kay McFarland donated two handcrafted benches to provide comfort and convenience in the well-loved media area of the library. She identified a need for the library and offered this wonderful gift to provide a solution.

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Ralph and Norma Holbrook

Why I Give… Ralph & Norma Holbrook

“Reading was Norma Holbrook’s hobby, her passion. She loved reading novels and had her favorite authors.” Those were the words from Norma’s husband Ralph after he made a generous gift to The Library Foundation in honor and memory of Norma.

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