With an aggressive goal of raising $500,000 for new books and materials, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has launched its fourth annual spring fundraising campaign, Support Our Shelves. The campaign encourages every Brooklyn resident to support their local library through donations and advocacy.
The campaign runs from March 1 through June 30, and donations can be made directly in several ways — either at local libraries, online at www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org, or by phone at (718) 230-2738. The library is also accepting donations at select locations through ABC Kiosks, which allow customers to make small donations in the amounts of $1, $5, $10 and $20.
Over the past year, BPL says it has seen increased usage and circulation as Brooklynites take advantage of the free materials, programs, classes and workshops that BPL offers. Support Our Shelves is designed to raise critical funds to help buy books, DVDs, eBooks and other materials for all neighborhood libraries across the borough. Donations can be designated to a specific branch or for general support.
“Our extraordinary collection of materials makes it possible to learn about virtually any subject,” said Linda E. Johnson, president and CEO. “We offer books and other resources in more than 30 different languages. Every donation we receive from our patrons will help ensure that BPL’s collection remains as vibrant and diverse as the borough that we serve.”
The campaign has received strong support from corporate sponsor AT&T. Additionally, Brooklyn Industries has created a limited-edition T-shirt that will benefit the Support Our Shelves campaign. The shirt will be available starting March 30 on the company’s website and at five Brooklyn stores.