The Aberdeen Public Library Foundation was formed in 1993 as a way to accept and manage gifts bequeathed to the Library. Since that time, the assets have grown to over $1.1 million. A portion of the assets were used to help purchase the land for the new library in 2011 ($350,000) in conjunction with the City of Aberdeen. The Foundation has created a Friends Society and solicits members to give on an annual basis. These assets are conjoined with the total Foundation assets to provide ongoing support to the library. The Library makes special requests of the Foundation to help bring noted authors to Aberdeen or to help sponsor special events.
The Library Foundation will invest a portion of its assets into the new building, but will retain an endowment to perpetually fund technology needs above and beyond the city’s budget. A library of the future, especially one rooted in the digital, technological era, must never skip a beat when it comes to accessing technology.
In 2015 the Foundation launched the Beyond Books, Providing Access for All, campaign to raise $2.1 million to help the city of Aberdeen afford the new $8 million library. To become a member of the Friends Society, stop into the library to pick up a brochure. To make a gift to the Beyond Books campaign contact Troy McQuillen (605-226-3481).
The Foundation is a 501c(3) non profit and is not affiliated with the city or the library legally or financially.
PRESIDENT, Troy McQuillen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
VICE PRESIDENT, Maeve King
TREASURER, Lavonne Miller
SECRETARY, Elizabeth Bollinger
LIBRARY DIRECTOR, Shirley Arment