Since this effort began on September 27, 2013 the goal has changed from just putting a Band-Aid on the library with a coat of paint to completely rehabilitating our gem to her original beauty of 1905! That means we're no longer talking thousands of dollars but millions! The City of El Reno has decided to give a significant amount from the CIP funds to the library but we still need YOU!
If you haven't donated yet but have been meaning to, please do it today! If you have already donated but feel you could do more, we sure would appreciate it.
You can donate in memory or in honor of someone.
You can donate on this site or you can mail your check to the library:
Friends of the Library
215 E. Wade Street
El Reno, OK 73036
The Friends of the Library have been very busy planning fundraisers. The first one is Friday, March 28, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m. at Boots to Bowties Event Center in El Reno. We are hosting a Wine and Palette Night! It will be a great deal of fun and we hope to see you there. For more information you can call the library at 405-262-2409 or go to www.wineandpalette.com to sign up.
Donation jars have been placed at area businesses and all your loose change adds up!
More great news to report... Our donations are very near the $64,000 mark! Amy Brandley, Library Director, and I have visited a few other Carnegie Libraries in the state and have plans to visit several more. We also met with two architects last week that were very impressed with our library and the possibilities it holds. We are very excited and believe El Reno can have the most beautiful and historically accurate Carnegie Library in the state of Oklahoma! The next Friends of the Library meeting will be held February 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ashbrook room of the library. I hope to see you there! ~Kerry Cummings Weaver
We have some exciting news to report! We have now raised over $62,000!!! I'm still pinching myself to be sure it's not a dream. Amy Brandley, the director of the library, and I took a field trip to the Perry Carnegie Library today. They added on and remodeled in 1991. The trip gave us lots of ideas and we believe we can have the most gorgeous library in the whole state. On January 23rd two architects who specialize in historical preservation are coming to visit our library. So many great things are happening...it's so exciting!!!
BIG Drum Roll!!! Are you ready for this?............ We have now raised $7,840!!! $2,950 through this site and $4,890 has been mailed directly to the library. I AM SO EXCITED!!! Remember the Friends of the Library is a 501c3 so your contribution is tax-deductible. It's that time of the year to be thinking about deductions so please consider the library in your giving for the year. Tell all your family and friends! Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far... you guys are the best!
We made the front page of the paper!!!!! We also have a new total...$5,325! We made our first goal of $5,000 but only $2,850 of that is through the Go Fund Me site so it doesn't know we made it, so please keep giving. Repairs and paint to the exterior, new carpet, and sorely needed computers are going to cost a lot more than $5,000. Everyone has been so generous already, thank you so very much!
Great news! Our total is now$4,175!!! The Go Fund Me site has raised $2,850 and checks mailed directly to the library now total $1,325. We also have added something new; anyone donating $1,000 or more will have their name on a plaque under Gold Level Donor, anyone donating $500-$999 will be a Silver Level Donor, anyone donating $100-$499 will have their name on the plaque as a Bronze Level Donor, and anyone donating $1-$99 will be under the Friend Level on the plaque. Class of 1977 has 10 donors now...come on other senior classes!
Thanks to some very generous donations yesterday we are now well over halfway to our goal! Together with the $2,850 from this site and the $700 that has been mailed directly to the library our new total is $3,550!!! Woohoo! A HUGE thank you to all those who have already donated and if you've been thinking about donating, what are you waiting for? ;-)
Don't forget the Friends of the Library meeting tomorrow, the 14th, at 2:00 p.m.!
I'm afraid we've lost our momentum. We have not had a donation made on this site since the last day of October and there have only been a couple mailed to the library. We are still less than halfway to our goal! Class of '77, only 8 of us have donated...we were a class of almost 200! I'm making my challenge to our Senior Class again...come on, surely there are more than 8 of us out there who are willing to donate a few bucks to this great cause. Which Senior Class is the best?
Ding! Ding! Ding! NEW TOTAL! We have raised $1745.00 on the Go Fund Me site and $625.00 has been mailed directly to the Friends of the Library for a new total of $2370.00! We are only $130.00 away from the half-way mark. Let's meet this next goal and move on to the next one! Look for the Friends of the Library float in the Veteran's Day Parade on Sunday, November 10, at 3:00 p.m. in downtown El Reno. We will be taking contributions at the parade also. Remember if everyone on the "You know you are from El Reno if" page would donate just $5.00 we would make our goal and go over! Ask your Facebook friends if they have donated yet. Let's get this done!
I posted pictures of the library on the "You know you are from El Reno" page. We have raised over $2,000 for the library but so much more is needed. Some of the eaves and other wood will need to be replaced before painting, the plaque that identifies it as on the National Register of Historic Places has been stolen, and the carpet is in absolutely terrible shape. These pictures show just some of the things that need to be repaired and replaced. If you haven't already, please consider donating to this cause. We need to save our historic buildings...El Reno has already lost too many! The library was built before statehood!
Ding! Ding! Ding! New total! With the donations that have been mailed directly to the library our new total is..............$1905.00!!! We're nearing the halfway mark. There hasn't been a lot of activity in the last week...let's change that this weekend. Remember if everyone on the El Reno site would donate just a few dollars our entire goal would be met. Can you spare $5? I know we can do this!
El Reno has quite the historic gem on our hands. The Carnegie Library was built in 1903 with a grant from Andrew Carnegie. Cities and towns that wanted a library applied to Mr. Carnegie and had to meet certain stipulations to receive a grant. The territory/state of Oklahoma received 24 libraries through funds from Carnegie. Of those original 24, only 17 remain standing and only four are still serving as libraries. That makes our library incredibly unique. Let's keep it protected for our children and grandchildren. Please consider making a donation for a fresh coat of paint. The paint will not only keep the building looking great, but will also help keep it protected from the elements as well. Thank you so much!
We have had some money sent by check so our total is.....drum roll please.....$1,605!!! We are only $895 away from the halfway mark!!! If you haven't contributed yet, please consider doing so and help us reach this next goal. Thank you to everyone who has already donated...you guys rock!
I have some fond childhood memories of checking out books from this library. The rewards of reading are far-reaching. So many doors are opened to children and adults who read. Let's all join together to keep Carnegie Library in El Reno a fresh pleasant place to foster the love of reading!
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