The Library Foundation has cancelled the Wine and Words event that was scheduled for March 2015. We faced an obstacle we could not overcome: there are other major wine events on the same day. Although the wineries we approached were very committed to the idea of supporting our Library, there is a scheduling conflict that cannot be easily resolved before March.
We are incredibly grateful for the support of sponsors, advance ticket holders, and volunteers who dedicated hundreds of hours to the event. We are looking forward to a grander event in 2016. This event cancellation also represents an opportunity to take a breather and refocus on our mission of increasing the principal of the Library Endowment Fund from $400,000 to $1 million.
We have had many successes in the last eight years. With tremendous support from the community, we raised $1.5 million in two capital campaigns, helping to build the new Main Library in 2007, and to complete major upgrades and renovations to both libraries in 2014. During these eight years, we also raised nearly $100,000 for small capital improvements, technology upgrades, and the purchase of books and other materials.
The Foundation Board will be spending the next six months in planning for a re-energized endowment campaign; and in looking for ways to support the Library now that we have completed the building projects. We hope our supporters will continue to be advocates for the Library and its opportunities for lifelong learning for all residents of our community.