Rendition of new library

Rendition of new library
The New Point Roberts Library Out of the Old Julius Firehall

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Puppet Show, Saturday, 3 pm

Just a reminder that the P.R. Library and the Friends of the P.R. Library are sponsoring a live marionette theater performance this Saturday at the Community Center at 3 pm.  The "Welcome Marionettes" Company were here two summers ago and gave a wonderful performance of "The Wizard of Oz."  This year, it's Popeye and Olive Oyl and, I trust, Sweetpea, and all that gang from my childhood (and perhaps some of yours), who are just as endearing if you've never met them before.

This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to be exposed to live puppet theater, and to meet the people who give life to these charming creations.  Free for kids, free for grownups.  Please do come!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Regarding the Recent All Point Bulletin Article on the Park and Rec Board Meeting

Meg Olson’s article on the recent two meetings of the Park and Recreation Board is a good report of what went on. [( ] However, it may leave an impression that the new library project is in some kind of trouble.  It is not.  As of July 31, 2015, FOPRL has raised $465,000, $20,000 in the last 2 weeks alone.  We need to raise another $73,000 and expect to do so by the end of the year.

Last October, a new Memo of Understanding/MOU was negotiated among FOPRL, the Park and Recreation District, and the Whatcom County Library System.  In it, the Park and Recreation District made a legal commitment to try to close any funding gap to ensure that the new library is completed.

FOPRL will continue to raise funds. When we have $538,000 or see no possibility for further funds being raised, the ball is in the Park and Recreation District’s court: they can either bring the building in with the money that has been raised or they can try to raise additional funds. 

FOPRL continues fully to accept its responsibility to try to complete the fundraising goal of $538,000.  Support for this project is very broad with well over a thousand donors.  We thank every person, group, business, foundation and agency that has contributed their time, money, or goods to this project and we hope you will continue to help get this library built.

Judy Ross, Fundraising Chair

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Catching Up, Half-Year Report, 2015

The APB says you all have donor fatigue.  I hope that is not the case because we need more donations.  Take your time, a little bit, anyway.

At present, we are up to $444,000, which includes $1,000 or so from the current quilt show at The Blue Heron.  The exhibit will go on until the end of July, and perhaps there will be more for the library at that point; if we sell any, there will be.  The current estimation of our total need is $538,000, so we're short by a tad less than $100,000.  It is doable, one way or another, with the wind at our backs and the support of the community, which we surely have had.

We have two significant donation requests still out.  You will be informed about their outcome as soon as they have one.  And then we will be working on Plan C if it is necessary.  Which we hope it won't be.

Thanks for all your support in the past.  It is a pleasure to work with people who really care about libraries and who demonstrate that caring through time and money, both.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Library Benefit Concert, This Friday

Michael returns to perform in Point Roberts after a highly acclaimed concert here in October of 2013.  Those who heard him then will welcome his return; those who missed his previous concert are in for a real treat.  Friday, this week -- don't miss it!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

End of 2014/Beginning of 2015 Status Report

We end the year with $405,000, an increase during the 4th quarter almost entirely due to a matching fund which grew to cover about $15,000 contributed during the last two months.  In addition, there were sales from the Library’s Christmas Craft Faire table (all proceeds, about $1,500 from donated goods, went to the New Library Project), as well as several individual donations in November.

This year, we also received a total 0f $32,000 in grants from two foundations (Norcliffe and Archibald).  The Garneau-Nicon Foundation and the Murdoch Foundation (both Washington State Foundations) did not think that our project fit within their guidelines and were thus unable to provide any support.  We have one other grant proposal still out for consideration by the McEachern Foundation.  Their staff has recently requested additional information about the extent of childrens’ services provided by our library, which is a promising sign.  Finally, and unfortunately, we were unable to find any state funds available this past year for library funding.

Other significant achievements during the year:
--The Memo of Understanding between the Friends of the P.R. Library, the Park and Recreation District, and Whatcom County Library Services was revised and now includes a commitment by the P&R District to put a levy on the ballot if it is needed for final funding at such time as the FOPRL concludes there is no further possibility of its closing the final gap.
--The P&R District named David King as architect for the new building and he began working with a design committee composed of local residents, and with Whatcom County Library Services staff to determine the final shape of building plans.
--The Bellingham Herald recognized our project in“Whatcom Cares” by naming our fundraisers as one of ten people/groups who had provided exceptional service to the communities of Whatcom County.  


We continue to look for possible foundation grants, although this is becoming increasingly unlikely because of the severe cutbacks on capital project funding in the foundation world.  We spoke with several managers in the state Commerce Dept. about the possibility of applying for state capital grants and were told that nothing there was available.  They reported that the only possibility they could see was a “directed request” from our state legislators.  We are hoping that State Senator Doug Ericksen will be willing to make a directed grant request for state funds for us.  We have contacted his office, asking for a meeting about his, but have not, as of January 24, heard back from him.  And we are planning to conduct a final letter-request campaign to local residents and businesses who have not yet contributed to this project.  Every dollar counts as we move into this final phase.  We still have a $40,000 matching fund for any business, individual, or family who contributes at least $10,000.

We thank everyone who has contributed time, energy, donated goods, and money, support of every kind, to this project.  For a tiny community like Point Roberts to have a new library will make an important change in how we think of ourselves: we are a community that can make good things happen.  And we will have a lovely bright new library building to remind us of that fact for a long time to come.