The mission of the Foundation for the Red Bank Public Library is to raise funds to support the long-term fiscal health of the Red Bank Public Library.
A great library is the cornerstone of a vibrant community. Today, however, a great library is not possible through public funding alone. Current levels of municipal funding and state aid are insufficient to sustain a dynamic public library in Red Bank. In 2013, concerned members of the Library Board of Trustees and the community came together to form the Foundation for the Red Bank Public Library in order to raise funds to support the long-term fiscal health of the Library and promote awareness of all the Library has to offer.
A thriving library benefits a community’s local businesses as well as its residents by making it a desirable place to live and work. Patrons of the Red Bank Library report that it is an oasis of calm and reflection that has enriched their lives, enhanced the development of their children, and socialized them into the community.
One of the most important responsibilities of the Board is managing utilization of the funds donated to the Foundation by the Eisner family. Beginning in 2016 and extending for an additional four years, the Foundation will have $10,000 anually to develop new Library programs, expand its collection of reading material, and acquire new resources.
The Board also has underwritten several fund raising initiatives. New monies are obtained each year by means of an Annual Appeal. This year, the Board has initiated a new approach to fund raising by involving a consultant to prepare proposals to a variety of business organizations and other entities that could offer financial support for the Library. Among a number of expenditures approved by the Board that support operation of the Library was the authorization of funds to purchase the equipment required to create a makerspace. Children, teens, and adults are now able to learn to use a variety of tools, including a laminating machine, a button machine, a sewing machine, and a silhouette machine. Importantly, this equipment also serves the Library staff in preparing promotional and program material.
The Board meets once a month. If you are interested in learning more about the Board or about volunteer opportunities, please contact the Foundation at (732) 842-0690.
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2016 FOUNDATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." --Margaret Mead
Anne Torre Beebe
Director, Red Bank Public Library