During these tough economic times, it seems that libraries are the first thing that people cut. So with budget cuts in the upcoming town budgets, here are some ideas and hints on how to keep your library going strong during these tough times.
1. Fund-raise, Fund-raise, and Fund-raise!
You want to close that budget gap, which you now have. The only way to do that is to fund-raise! Fund-rasing can range from easy Pampered Chef fundraisers to a huge Prime Rib Dinner. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box! The more your name is out in the town, and someone is talking about your library, the better. That’s how you’ll get the town’s support. Need some hints? Here are some ideas
- Butter Braids
- Pampered Chef
- Lia Sophia/Silpada Jewelry Party
- Soy Candles
- Prime Rib Dinner
- Silent & Live Auction
- Book Sale, Bake Sale, & Tag Sale
If you do a fundraiser with food, use a local restaurant!
2. Letter Writing Campagin
Okay, so have you seen the letter to the editor page in your newspaper? Well before the vote for the budget comes up, get your patrons involved and write letters to the editor about what the library does, how it has affected their life, why the library needs this money.
3. Did I mention events?
Put on events, story times, tag sales, books sales, book club, etc. you want to get the town involved with your library, so they know what you’re all about and what their money is doing.
4. Patrons Rule!
Don’t forget that, you always want to become friends with your patrons for a couple of reasons, but one of the ones that I’ve found helpful. Is that when you make a friendship with your patrons, the patron will help the library out, weather it’s advocating for you, doing a fundraiser, volunteering a couple days a week, or donating.
5. Where can you save?
Where can you save money? Are you turning everything off when the library isn’t open? Are you using energy efficient light bulbs and appliances? Have you called your local electric company to see if they will offer it to you for a discount? Can your local Scouts help you with yard work? This will be the first thing that the town will look at, how much are you spending. So you want to see where you can save!
6. Make Friends in High Places!
Make friends and keep in contact with your local officials! They will help advocate with you, and will help you in the long run. You might even be able to have them write an article/letter to your local paper explaining how awesome you are. . .Remember you can never have too many friends!
“All for the greater good of the library”
Small Town Librarian ♥