Sponsored by WISL
Marshall Community Library (population 3432)
Knutson Memorial Library, Coon Valley (population 714)
Norma Jean LeMoine
Rock Springs Public Library (population 425)
Ettrick and Taylor Public Libraries (population 521, 513)
Put the Fun back in Fundraising
Corporate donor = Buds’ bait shop
Major donor = Mrs. Jacobs lets go of $100
Capital Campaign = Money for new shelving
Volunteer Base = You and your hubby
◦ and kids
Setup/takedown crew You and your hubby
◦ Kids went home
Don’t be afraid to let go of what’s not
The bake sale donations consist of quick
breads and old pretzels.
You have to bus in the quilt show
The last director really liked the…, but
◦ “the times they are a changin’”
Don’t be afraid to try something
easy, new, or even odd.
Easy – Sometimes we overlook the obvious.
New – steal someone’s idea.
Odd is good – within your community’s
Recycle ideas, change the theme.
Like putting lipstick on a pig –
in a good way. “Lincolns for the Library”
can change to
“Bucks for Books”.
Same props, different
event, theme, time.
Go high end (at least once).
You might just have a hit on your hands.
What’s timely or topical?
Jay Leno impersonator contest
Facebook set up for a fee
Biggest Loser competition
“Test your Toyota” clinic
Ask for help –
Exact job description with time slots
Match the volunteer to the task.
Ask people you haven’t asked before.
Ask some people you don’t like.
Ask some people who don’t like you.
Get your Friends to be the
Limits your culpability (kidding)
allows for “frivolous” spending of proceeds
◦ – a new desk chair
Friends have a bit more leeway
Partner or Not?
Piggy backing on another event has pros
and cons. Think them out:
Reaching different groups – reaching the
Share the work – share the proceeds
Don’t step on other’s events and don’t
allow others to step on yours.
Have a good time.
There is no such thing as failure
One dollar is one more than you had
The work you did gained you knowledge
One new “Friend” is more than you had
You now have leftovers for dinner. And
You now have a paper mache cow head in
your barn (oh, that’s me)
Local dignitaries judge entries…then sell slices in
conjunction with another event
Lincolns For the Library
Patrons contribute pennies – or $5 bills – to the library
in conjunction with a President’s Day program
Police department may donate unclaimed bikes – or
request donations of old bikes, have a teen program
on repairing bikes with lots of “hands-on” work – then
auction them off.
Light Up Your Library
Patrons can purchase a “bulb”, write a special message
on it, and it will be used to decorate the library during
the holiday season.
Could also be used during Valentine’s Day using hearts
and a different slogan.
If you have a Knitting/Craft Program at your library,
encourage participants to knit items to sell during the
holiday season…proceeds to be used to add to the
library’s collection of knitting materials!
wait for it...
Make A Splash!
Make a “Coin Drop” maze out of clear plastic
tubing and an aquarium – it can be part of the
Summer Reading decorations!
This could be used to fund a special project –
or pay for a SRP presenter.
Choose to do projects with little or no cost.
If the projects are sponsored by the library Friends
group the money will most likely be used for special
projects rather than for routine expenses.
Get people in the door!
Advertise – Advertise – Advertise!
Promote the book sale as a social “event”
“Dress Up” the sale by adding
Craft items made & donated by local artists/crafters or
made during library programs.
Cookie/Cake Walk…or an old-fashioned Box Social or Ice
Cream Social instead of just a ho-hum Bake Sale.
Various objet d’art made from books (if someone is really
crafty and ambitious!).
Time is Money„
you will get out what you put into an event.
Don’t be afraid to try something
Importance of a “trial run”
Timing is everything
Choose day, month, & time wisely
Avoid conflicts with as many organizations as you can – it
will directly affect not only attendance but also your
Use your community’s interests
Get community members involved! If people have a part in
the program they will show up at the benefit (& have fun!)
– even if they never come to the library any other time.
Stick to your guns!
If you don’t want beer, don’t have it!
Disadvantages of Success
It becomes expected…annually.
It’s got to be bigger & better next year!
Frazzled Library Board and helpers.
Director spends two months preparing for the event, and
two months afterwards catching up all the stuff she let
slide while preparing.
It will be easier next year.
Keep repeating that until the next big benefit
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