By: Dale King Contributing Writer
The Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library recently presented the BRPL with a gift of $52,640 to support the library’s educational mission to provide greater resources, learning tools, programs and opportunities to library users.
“With great pleasure, the Friends organization donates a gift of more than $50,000 for BRPL programs,” said Cyndi Bloom, president of the Friends Board of Directors. “Our members, donors, bookstore customers and volunteers gladly enable us to continue our support for our wonderful libraries.”
The Friends is a non-profit, volunteer group dedicated to supporting city libraries. It raises money through memberships to the Friends organization, grants and book sales at the bookstore in the Downtown Library at 400 NW 2nd Ave.
“We are proud to be community partners to enhance the educational experiences for all Boca residents,” said Ann Nappa, manager of Library Services. “We can truly say that the Boca Raton Public Library is a gem in our midst.”
“In 2017, the BRPL surveyed our community and asked what would make the library a better institution,” she said. “Sharing those findings with the Friends of the Library helped us to partner on exciting new projects that meet those needs, and to deepen the support of successful and loved programs like 1,000 Books before Kindergarten and our annual Summer Reading Initiative.”
In 2018, she added, “our focus will be on designing a community-focused library with the delivery of programs and resources aligning with our new signature initiative, Discover You @ BRPL, financial literacy and much more.”
This latest gift from the Friends provides almost $37,000 for youth services which is earmarked for summer reading, including such new offerings as Tutor.com, STEM backpacks and a visit by bestselling children’s author Bob Shea.
Friends’ funding will also enable further expansion of the popular Discover Studio to meet the new needs of seniors. Financial literacy speakers will be added throughout the year as a part of the donation.
For more information about the Friends of the Library, visit bocalibraryfriends.org.