Posted on March 30, 2022 at 6:00 am
Library Giving Day offers library enthusiasts the chance to show their support for the programs and services provided by the library and takes place on Wednesday, April 6.
This year, the Library Foundation of Spokane County is raising funds—aiming for $5,000—for the Museum and Cultural Passes program. The Foundation is accepting donations towards the campaign starting now and continuing through April 15.
The Museum and Cultural Passes program offers library cardholders the opportunity to check out passes at no cost so they can explore culturally rich experiences with their family and friends.
The program was started by Gwendolyn Haley, Librarian and Program Services Manager of Education and Enrichment. She shared how the program came about:
“The library provides a window into our cultural world through books, movies, and music. Expanding the access for our community to local cultural institutions like the museums and symphony was a logical next step.”
Since the program’s start in 2018, hundreds of library customers have used the passes to experience hands-on science and technology found at the Mobius Discovery Center, local exhibits and nationally touring instillations at the Northwest Museum of Art and Culture, and moving and magical performances from the Spokane Symphony.
A wonderful story of culture and connection was shared by Jill-Lynn Nunemaker, Development Director:
“We had a person—this is a true story—who wrote to tell us that they checked out a Spokane Symphony Pass and ended up meeting their romantic partner while at the concert!”
Nunemaker also noted that families through Spokane County have written letters and posted on social media to thank Spokane County Library District for giving them an amazing family day out.
Purchasing four, five, or six passes to a museum or symphony performance can be costly for many families. The Museum and Cultural Passes program provides opportunities for these experiences to our neighbors and fellow county residents, while removing the cost burden.
“Wonderful, life-changing experiences are made through our culture pass program, and we hope that this year’s Library Giving Day will help us continue that for library customers,” Nunemaker said.
Individuals, organizations, and businesses can donate for Library Giving Day at the Library Foundation’s website.
All donations, of any size, are welcome.
The Library Foundation of Spokane County is a state-recognized nonprofit created to sustain and enhance the services, programs, and collections of Spokane County Library District. Anyone with questions about the Foundation can email email@example.com or call 509.893.8200.