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JS Public Library kicks off fundraising campaign

PHOTO PROVIDED The donation wall at Jersey Shore Public Library is shown. The library is seeking help with financing its roof replacement project this spring.

JERSEY SHORE — The Jersey Shore Public Library recently kicked off their “Empty the Wall, Raise the Roof” fundraising campaign.

The library, at 110 Oliver St., Jersey Shore, will need to have the roof replaced this spring.

“We do have some resources to help finance the $43,000 plus project this spring; we are still running short of funds without affecting other areas of library service,” library director, Charlene Brungard said.

The goal for the campaign is to raise at least $5,000.

“We wanted to do something fun and take a different approach to ask for help from our regulars and, hopefully, some of our new patrons this year,” said Rebecca Cathcart, library assistant.

The “donation wall” — located just inside the front door — contains 100 envelopes, each labeled with a donation amount from $1 to $100. Patrons choose an envelope from the wall that is labeled with the amount that they wish to donate, put their donation in the envelope and then place it in the collection box.

Patrons are being encouraged to have fun and get creative with how they choose their donation amount.

“You can add up your children’s birthdays or pick your anniversary date or really, anything,” says Brungard. Extra envelopes have been provided for patrons that would like to make up their own amount.

“We liked this idea because it gives patrons from every economic background a chance to participate. We really want people to know that every dollar counts and we appreciate every donation, no matter the amount,” Brungard continued.

“If all 100 envelopes are returned with the marked donation amount, we will come in at $5,050,” said Sarina Bower, library assistant.

Anyone wishing to donate, who cannot physically visit the library, can mail their donation to Jersey Shore Public Library, 110 Oliver St., Jersey Shore, Pa. 17740. The campaign will run through the end of March or until all of the donation envelopes are filled.

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