Potential donors get look at what their money can do

By Jay Braman Jr.
In tough economic times, it seems as if everyone’s got their hand out.
This can be overwhelming for the average person who would like to give, but feels they lack the resources to make any contribution that would make a difference.

That’s why supporters of the Phoenicia Library sat down and outlined how donating even a tiny bit to the recently burned out organization can and will make a difference. On March 19, 2011 a fire destroyed the interior and contents of the Phoenicia Library, rendering the Main Street building uninhabitable.

This is not some vague notion of “every dollar helps.” They have an actual list of exactly what those dollars will do.

What would one dollar do? Pay for the door-to-door delivery cost of five books to loan to patrons from other libraries across the Hudson Valley.
How about $10? That would buy a roll of high quality book tape to repair books and keep them in circulation.
And $65? It pays for a three-month newspaper subscription for the library.

Going into the triple digits does much more, of course.
One hundred and twenty five dollars pays for an afternoon summer reading program for kids including snacks and drinks, $350 covers the cost of a four-week workshop series on getting a job, including finding your talent, resume writing, going to interviews. Five hundred dollars puts a new desktop computer on the table for patrons at the library’s temporary home on Ava Maria Drive.

Going into the big donation range, $1,000 would pay for the entire cost of library’s summer reading program to promote pleasure and literacy in local kids. Fifteen hundred dollars buys an Apple Computer, which would be used exclusively by teens, to expose them to computers they are likely to see in the workplace.

The fund-raising arm of the non-profit organization, called The Friends of the Phoenicia Library, set up an evening of music and fun over the weekend in the Parish Hall on Main Street. Spearheaded by local Shopkeeper Dave Pillard, who owns and operates Tender Land Home on Main Street, the friends are in the business of bringing in revenue for the cash strapped library, which still needs hundreds of thousands of dollars to get the burned out building back in action.

Tickets were $5 each, according to Pillard.
And what would the price of a ticket pay for?
“The cost of an Easy Reader book for young kids just learning to read,” Pillard said.
For more information go to the libraries website, www.phoenicia.lib.ny.us