The library was recently awarded a $500 Books for Children grant from the Libri Foundation, a nationwide nonprofit that donates new, quality, hardcover children's books to small, rural public libraries in the United States through its Books for Children program.
To receive its $500 grant, the Ouray Public Library committed to raise an additional $250 in matching funds, for a total grant value of $750 to go toward the Libri Foundation’s selection of children’s books.
The fundraiser at O'Brien's Pub and Grill was a huge success, according to assistant librarian Maureen O’Driscoll.
“Between tips and donations, we easily met our $250 goal,” she said. “The library raised an additional $543.35 above the needed amount for a total of $793.35 raised.”
Now, Library Director Chris Reece is anxious to put the money to use.
“We’re thrilled to receive this Libri Foundation grant,” she said. “The grant comes at an essential time as we’re working with fewer dollars in 2012 while trying to maintain our children’s collection and offer the same level of children’s reading programs.”
Since October 1990, the Libri Foundation has donated more than $5 million worth of new children's books to more than 3,000 libraries in all 50 states.