Omaha Public Library has launched a campaign to raise $200,000 for children’s books. A generous anonymous donor has come forward with an offer of $100,000 to purchase children’s books if the Library raises the matching funds by the end of the year.
“Children’s books are so well loved when they are checked out that we are ecstatic to have the opportunity to revitalize the collection!” said Rivkah Sass, Omaha Public Library Executive Director. “Although $100,000 sounds like a lot of money, just $1 here and $5 there will help meet the challenge and buy thousands of books for kids. That means that everyone in the community can contribute, and what’s more: every dollar counts twice!”
Children’s books are the hardest working collection in the Library and are checked out thousands of times. Omaha Public Library purchased many of the materials in the children’s collections in the mid-1990s. After years of being read by countless numbers of children, the pages of well-loved stories are tattered and visibly worse for the wear.
A new children’s book costs as little as $5. With the help of the Omaha community, the Library can raise $200,000 to help kids develop a lifelong passion for reading. The money will help the Library replace worn books with new copies; provide more copies of kids’ favorites; buy brand new, visually appealing books; inspire more children to read for pleasure; and excite children about learning and reading.
All funds raised through the Books for Kids Challenge will be used to buy books for the children’s collections at each of the 11 (soon to be 12) Library locations.
To donate, stop by any Omaha Public Library location or visit the Web site.