January 5, 2016
It is so gratifying to be able to report that the Alpine Public Library successfully reached our goal of raising $10,000 by the end of 2015 and receiving a $10,000 match offered by a very generous anonymous donor. In fact, Alpine Public Library supporters are so giving that we exceeded our goal by about $10,000 and ended the fundraising campaign with just over $30,000.
At various times during the campaign people mentioned to me or the library staff that they were surprised we needed money. The common assumption was apparently that the Alpine Public Library was part of the City of Alpine. In fact, the Alpine Public Library is a private non-profit organization that receives some support from the City of Alpine and Brewster County, but other funding sources, like individual donations, provide about 75% of the income we need to meet our yearly operating budget. That’s why we are thankful that this year-end campaign was so successful.
The Board of Directors and the staff want to send a big thank you out to our community. If you haven’t been to the library lately, please stop by and see what your generosity allows us to offer. We are also open to suggestions for books, programs, new ideas, or other improvements.
Don Wetterauer, PhD
Executive Director, Alpine Public Library