"So far, we've collected $17,048. We'll add up the stragglers as they come in and report the final total in our May newsletter," association director Dan Flaherty said in an email. It exceeds our best Week of Giving (a former fundraising campaign administered through the Bridge Builders Foundation) total by at least $1,000.
Flaherty partially credits the former Bridge Builder's drives for this year's success. "The precedent Week of Giving established helped significantly reduce any 'growing pains' of a new fundraising effort," he wrote noting they will definitely continue this effort in years to come because it fits perfectly with National Library Week.
Flaherty also noted they are continually seeking funds for projects and having this new fund established can help with taking donations as they are received.
The libraries received over 125 individual donations. "Our donors rock," he wrote. "(It was a) GREAT response."
Flaherty said current at the projects at the libraries are being done with funds from previous campaigns, including bathroom upgrades, a teen reading room and collection investments.
They are also developing future projects, (renovations to the Oil City library top floor theater space, a countywide bookmobile, new shelves, carpet and windows)as well as other possible annual fundrives.
"We keep a large list so we can be prepared and adjust accordingly based on the levels of our own internal funds and outside support," he said.
The ORLA oversees the Cooperstown, Franklin and Oil City libraries.
Learn more about the libraries at https://oilregionlibraries.org