From the Director

Dear Library Advocate,

On July 19, 2018 the WCDPL Foundation will host its tenth annual Library Benefit at Schedel Gardens in Elmore, Ohio.

Over the past nine years, this event has raised a significant amount of money to purchase new books for the library that our community uses to look for a new job or gain a new skill, help teach a child to read, or simply read for pleasure. Every dollar given for this event goes to purchase new books, large print books, audiobooks, e-books, and picture books.

Despite many saying that the Internet and e-books will replace libraries, the core function of the library of serving as the “People’s University” where anyone can explore, learn, and discover remains vital. In 2017, community members visited the library over 4,200 times per week, attendance at programs and author visits grew another 11%, the number of cardholders grew another 3%, and borrowing of books and other materials was at all-time record levels.

This rate of high usage requires continuing investment.  We are appreciative of stabilized state funding since 2014. The 2010 levy (renewed without an increase in 2014) has helped.  However, since 2014 tax funding has been flat. 

Therefore, the importance of private fundraising in order for the library to “do more” and to meet demand is important. Libraries work best as public-private partnerships.  Your financial gifts to the library make a difference!  I am asking for your support of this effort by:

  • Providing a monetary sponsorship in any amount ranging from $20 to $20,000 (or more). Simply send a check payable to WCDPL Foundation (with “Schedel sponsorship” in the memo line) to A.J. Heilman, 251 N. Main, Bowling Green, OH 43402.  To give a sponsorship by credit card, call in or stop in to see A.J. weekdays (call ahead to confirm she will be in; 419-352-5104, ext. 216). Sponsorships over $1,000 are recognized on a plaque in the library.
  • Plan to attend the July 19 Benefit to partake in the fun and excitement of live and silent auctions. Tickets are $100 each and are on sale at the library Check-Out Desk now.

Our goal is to raise another $75,000 to support the book budget.  Please give – or give again – so that the library can remain “the place to be” for the community to learn, discover, explore, and read.


Michael Penrod, WCDPL Director

P. S. For more about the Benefit, visit our webpages dedicated to it, which include photos not only of beautiful Schedel Gardens and last year's event, but also photos of this year's live and silent auction items as they become available.

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