Annual Giving Campaign Announced

Annual Giving Campaign Announced

Handley Regional Library System announces today the release of our annual giving campaign to the community.  The pandemic caused by COVID-19 impacted the availability of library services, reduced hours, decreased programing and operating budgets, and thousands of dollars of lost revenue from the Friends Used Book Sales.  A letter and email are being sent out to annual donors and patrons announcing the campaign where supporters have the option to donate online or through mail.  More information is available at www.handleyregional.org/givenow.  Donations are tax deductible. 

“We launch a giving campaign every year,” says John Huddy, Director of Handley Regional Library System.  “This year’s ask is crucial since we aren’t hosting in-person programs right now, the shortfall from the thousands of dollars from the Friends Used Book Sales, and revenue reduction from our paid services – things like late fees, printing, meeting room rentals.  These changes could impact long term budgets of materials, digital resources, programs, and some operational needs.  We are watching this closely as we make sound adjustments to our balanced budget and continue to be good stewards of tax dollars.  Job seekers rely on our career databases, families learning and working at home need internet hotspot devices, young minds need books and digital content to grow, and seniors and retired patrons depend on current information and entertainment throughout the year. When you give, you are becoming part of the story and helping make an impact in the community where you live.  Every amount helps.”

The library system sees over 370,000 patrons a year at all 3 locations – Clarke County, Bowman, and Handley – who borrow over 800,00 books, eBooks, audiobooks, streaming movies, DVDs, and digital resources. 

“We have a lot of people who rely on us, a fantastic donor base, engaged patrons, and a creative Friends group that does everything they can – to support services at all three library locations.  Our annual campaign is part of our yearly ask and a safeguard to protect library services.”

For more information, contact the public relations department at mswain@handleyregional.org

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