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What You Help Fund

All Ages Programming

Funding from the ACPL Foundation makes up the entire library programming budget. This means without donors like you, your library would not have six story times a week, a weekly teen afterschool program, its monthly book clubs, and more.

 

Youth Programs:

  • Book Babies
  • Daycare & Family Storytime
  • Bilingual Storytime
  • Pajama Storytime
  • Mindful Storytime
  • Kids Lego Club
  • Teen movie and game nights
  • YAK! for Teens

Adult Programs:

  • Book Clubs
  • High Plains Seed Library
  • Film Series
  • Speakers and presentations
  • Genealogy help
  • Trivia nights

 Special Events:

  • All Ages Summer Reading Program
  • The Game Bazaar: Tabletop Gaming
  • All Ages Yoga
  • Visiting authors
  • Exhibits & displays

Library Collection/Materials

While the Friends of the Library predominantly fund the library’s collection, this area is still an important focus of ACPL Foundation funding. The library runs on a materials budget of approximately $80,000 each fiscal year. Initially, this may seem like a large budget. In fact, for a library of our size, it is incredibly low.

What does that mean for the library’s collection? It means our librarians are incredibly savvy, using creative ways to combat the rising costs of periodicals, books, music, movies, and games. ACPL works diligently to make each dollar count so you can be provided with the most recent materials and a wide selection of items.

Donations to the ACPL Foundation make it possible for each member of our community to have access to free materials. Your financial help in this area encourages lifelong learning, puts books in the hands of our youngest patrons, and provides education and entertainment to all ages.

Technology

The ACPL Foundation provides a minimum of $10,000 to the library each fiscal year for technology needs. The organization funded the circulating iPad project, making ACPL the first public library in the state able to offer these tablets for check out. Funds from the ACPLF have also been used to staff technology to allow the library team to better facilitate programs and stay up-to-date on continuing education. Major technology updates have been another priority. Most recently, the ACPL Foundation funded the new website project.

Building Maintenance/Improvements

The current Albany County Public Library building opened in 1981. Since then, the library has needed funding to make necessary updates. In 2009, the library conducted a building needs assessment. In short, the assessment said the building is already out-of-date. Knowing this, the library and the ACPL Foundation is always on the lookout for creative ways to make the current building work well for patrons.

Past donations to the ACPL Foundation helped with the following building projects:

  • Installing air conditioning in the library
  • Installing new carpet and replacing furniture
  • Installing ADA compliant doors in the library’s main entrance
  • Assisting in the repaving of the parking lot
  • Renovating the library meeting room and historic Wyoming Room
  • Creating of the Janet Shively Memorial Garden on the north side of the building
  • Purchasing a new book/media drop

While these large capital projects are important, the basic building maintenance needs are equally, if not more important. The library regularly needs funding to make small repairs, to purchase building equipment, and to be prepared for problems.

Donations from our library supporters are vital to keep the building up-to-date and to keep our patrons safe.

Library Supplies

Library supplies are a great example of the wide-ranging needs of Albany County Public Library. This is an operating expense for the library that is unable to be funded by Albany County, but is an expense the library must take on. Library supplies include items needed in the office, but more importantly, are also items needed for processing each item before it is available for checkout. The ACPL Foundation’s continued support of this area is imperative to the library’s day-to-day operations.

Staff Support

The ACPL Foundation understands how important a well-educated, professional, and friendly staff is to the community. While the organization does not support personnel costs, such as salaries, contributions to the ACPL Foundation directly benefit the library staff through support for continuing education. The ACPL Foundation allocates $5,000 for staff continuing education each fiscal year.

Continuing education funds are used to send library staff to the statewide Wyoming Library Association Conference, or other conferences of interest, including the Public Library Association Conference and the American Library Association Conference. Funds may also be used for staff training days or other education costs.

Beyond the $5,000 continuing education contribution, the ACPL Foundation also provides modest holiday gifts to each staff member.

Your donations to the ACPL Foundation allow library staff to stay at the forefront of library trends, to network with other library professionals, and to learn new skills to help to our community.


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Innovation @ Your Library

Mini-Grant Program

The ACPL Foundation debuted its Restricted Fund Mini-Grant Program in 2018. Two of the ACPL Foundation named-funds, the Agnes Milstead Fund and the Love Family Fund, are designated for general library purposes. Learn more about ACPL Foundation Restricted Funds. Each fiscal year a portion of these named-funds are provided to help the library. To better address areas with a lack of funding, the mini-grant program uses these funds to address needs and projects identified by library staff.

The library’s staff are eligible to apply for funding for the library each year. The mini-grant program works to facilitate professional development opportunities with staff, teaching skills such: as project management, grant writing, and problem solving. At the same time, the funded projects greatly benefit the library and the community.

In 2018-2019, the ACPL Foundation is overseeing five mini-grants. You’ll see office items added at the Circulation Desk and in the Children’s Department, updated furniture and technology in the Young Adult Area, and new water fountains. The ACPL Foundation will also sponsor a magician to visit ACSD#1 schools to promote the upcoming Summer Reading Program.

Mural Projects

The ACPL Foundation debuted two murals in the library in 2017. Both murals were created by local artists through a collaboration with the Laramie Public Art Coalition. “A Lemur’s Tale” by Favian Hernandez is located in the Children’s Area. The mural is colorful, enticing, and loved by the library’s youngest visitors. “Do You See What I See” by Diana Baumbach is located in the non-fiction area. The whimsical light installation inspired the ACPL Foundation to create a reading space with a light table and chairs. See these mural projects in action on our Facebook page.

Maurice Sendak Memorial Exhibition

The ACPL Foundation hosted the Maurice Sendak Memorial Exhibition at the library in 2017. This project was entirely funded by the ACPL Foundation through donations and grant funding. The ACPLF also coordinated all aspects of the exhibit. The national traveling exhibit visited one exhibit site in each state. The Albany County Public Library was the sole location in Wyoming for the exhibit. Pictures from the event are available on the organization’s Facebook page.

High Plains Seed Library

In 2016, the ACPL Foundation provided the start-up costs for the High Plains Seed Library, a project at the Albany County Public Library. The High Plains Seed Library was the first of its kind at a public library in Wyoming. The seed library provides free access to vegetable, herb, and floral seeds; provides a means for regional seed exchange; and teaches seed saving and gardening practices.


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Community Outreach

The ACPL Foundation considers community outreach to be an important part of its mission. The ACPL Foundation uses community outreach to raise awareness about the public library and its existing services. In addition, the ACPL Foundation uses outreach to address needs in our community.

Outreach Events:

  • End of Summer Reading Bash – The ACPL Foundation hosts a literacy celebration on the last day of the Summer Reading Program. This event is free, family-friendly, and open to the public. Interested in volunteering for this event? Contact us!
  • Appreciation Night – Each year we thank our donors, Friends of the Library members, library staff, and volunteers with a special night in their honor. The event is held on the members only night of the fall Friends of the Library book sale.
  • Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign – A free tax preparation service for Albany County residents. Check the library calendar for a schedule of upcoming free tax preparation sessions and other information.
  • Fundraisers/Other Events – The ACPL Foundation also hosts fundraisers, such as our annual murder mystery night. This year, the library foundation will debut a mini-golf event and an annual author talk/book signing. Check out our upcoming events!


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ACPL Foundation Endowment

In March 2008, the Wyoming State Legislature passed the Wyoming Public Library Endowment Challenge. The Wyoming Public Library Endowment Challenge was designed to help all Wyoming county library systems build endowments to help fund our libraries in perpetuity.

From March 2008 to March 2014, the Albany County Public Library Foundation took on the challenge of raising funds that were matched 3:1 by the State of Wyoming. The ACPL Foundation was one of the first libraries to complete the challenge, due to exceptional community support. This is a huge accomplishment, as many libraries in the state are still working toward their goal.

Funds raised from the Albany County community totaled $242,463.00, for a match of $727,389.00 from the state. Thank you for supporting your library through this matching fund program!

Following the completion of the endowment challenge, the ACPL Foundation set up conservative investment controls on its assets, including the endowment fund. First Interstate Bank Wealth Management manages the ACPL Foundation investments. As of September 30, 2018, the ACPL Foundation endowment totaled $1,130,345.66.

This endowment fund will always be an important asset to the public library. The principal of the endowment cannot be touched, but interest from the fund can be distributed on an annual basis. To date, the ACPL Foundation has succeeded in providing the requested funding to the library without touching the interest from the endowment.