Carver County Library Foundation Board members:
Front row, from left: Secretary Heidi Gould, Waconia; Carver County Library Advisory Board Liaison to Library Foundation Barb Colhapp; President Mary Johnson, Waconia.
Back row, from left: Lindsay Guetzkow, Watertown; Michelle Aspelin, Victoria; Treasurer Jacquelyn Hamre, Cologne; Suzi Larkin, Watertown; Vice President Judy Grosch, Chaska; Rita Kaluza, Waconia.
Not pictured: Karen Shoutz, Norwood Young America.
About the Foundation
The Library Foundation enhances county-wide programs and services that are not funded with local tax dollars. Members of the foundation approve funding based on requests made by library staff in response to community needs and to provide equity among branches. Funds are raised through contributions from businesses and individuals, grants, and special events. The Foundation consists of volunteer community members, including a representative from each of the county libraries' Friends groups.
What has the Foundation funded in the past?
Every year, the Foundation contributes to the funding raised for the Summer Reading Program, a major initiative for the library. In addition, the Foundation has funded the Winter Reading Program, a monthly book review subscription for the public, Book Club in a Bag kits, various literacy programming, specific collections requests, and much more.
How does the Foundation differ from Friends of the Library?
The Library Foundation of Carver County is a separate organization from the friends of the library groups. A friends group supports its individual library branch, while the Foundation is focusing on county-wide initiatives that will benefit residents in all branches through additional or expanded services and outreach programs. The Foundation and Friends groups work collaboratively on projects when it is appropriate. The Summer Reading Program is one example of this collaboration. Learn more about local Friends groups here.
How can I help?
There are a number of ways you can help, including serving on the board or as an ad-hoc member interested in serving on committees for specific event planning and marketing. Board members serve two- or three-year terms, and meet six times a year. The Foundation welcomes any and all suggestions from the community. Please contact a board member with comments and suggestions that you feel would add to the services we can provide.
Become a part of enhancing the Carver County Library by contributing today.
You may earmark your donation to a specific program if you wish.
The Library Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization established in 2005. All contributions are tax deductible.
For more information, please contact the Library Director at 952-227-7601.
Contribute online - You can do so with a credit or debit card in full or with a monthly payment
Contribute with a print form - Download and print if you wish to mail in your donation.
Contribute through Amazon Smile- If you shop online at Amazon, using their Smile program (by going to their website at smile.amazon.com and selecting the Carver County Library Foundation from the list of charities) lets you donate .5% of the purchase price from eligible items.
Thank you for your support!