04/09/2019: "Support libraries on Library Giving Day Wednesday"
The first-ever nationwide Library Giving Day takes place Wednesday, April 10, providing library users and other community members a unique opportunity to support these vital institutions through philanthropy.
The Washington State Library (WSL) and Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL) are proudly participating in Library Giving Day. On a new donation a new donation web page for the State Library, contributions of any size can be made via credit card to help each institution provide resources and services for all Washington residents.
“Our libraries serve Washingtonians wherever they might live by providing state-funded collections to patrons and supporting community libraries with equipment and training,” Secretary of State Kim Wyman said. “Every contribution that our friends throughout Washington provide on Library Giving Day will be deeply appreciated and help the State Library fulfill its mission.”
WSL supplies public libraries across Washington with resources including virtual reality equipment, training programs for librarians, and unique educational and research materials. People who directly use WSL can access thousands of state and federal records, as well as news media archives from Washington and around the world going back decades. Through WTBBL, which is a program of WSL, audio and braille books are sent by mail to Washingtonians unable to read standard print at no cost. WTBBL also produces audio and braille books by Pacific Northwest authors and provides youth services, including a summer reading program.
“Support provided on Library Giving Day will help us build on our successes and improve what we can offer to patrons of all ages,” State Librarian Cindy Aden said. “Library Giving Day donations can directly benefit our collections, and help improve the popular Letters about Literature student competition, author visits to rural libraries, preservation of Washington newspapers, and our statewide Ask a Librarian online chat and email service.”
Library Giving Day is a one-day philanthropy campaign created by the Seattle Public Library Foundation. Libraries across North America are participating and raising awareness on social media using the #LibraryGivingDay hashtag.
Washington’s Office of Secretary of State oversees a number of areas within state government, including managing state elections, registering corporations and charities, and governing the use of the state flag and state seal. The office also manages the State Archives and the State Library, documents extraordinary stories in Washington’s history through Legacy Washington, oversees the Combined Fund Drive for charitable giving by state employees, and administers the state’s Address Confidentiality Program to help protect survivors of crime.