From The Casket, March 12, 2015
Friends of the Antigonish Library (FoAL) vice-chair Len. ‘P.D.’ MacDonald, fundraising chair Edward Langille and chair Lyle Smith, as well as Amberlee Boulton from the People’s Place Library, met recently to discuss a new fundraising campaign FoAL has started. PHOTO: Richard MacKenzie
Noting libraries across the province being “chronically underfunded … including our award winning library the People’s Place,” Friends of the Antigonish Library (FoAL) have embarked on a financial campaign.
FoAL noted their “modest” campaign of $7,500 will go towards the following purchases; Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award shortlist, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award shortlist (for illustrated Canadian books for children), audiobooks and large print, Giller Prize shortlist, Governor General Literary Award shortlist, equipment and furnishings, and other special collections on timely topics.
“From the beginning, FoAL has had a joint role of advocacy and fundraising. Early on, the emphasis was on the former, as we helped fuel the enthusiasm for the People’s Place project,” chair Lyle Smith said.
“Lately, FoAL’s focus has increasingly shifted to fundraising to help maintain the level of programs and services that patrons have come to expect.”