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Jefferson County Library Foundation
Father's Day Fundraiser Set for Saturday, June 17
at Northwest Branch Library in High Ridge



The Jefferson County Library Foundation will host a free Father’s Day Drop In Make & Take Craft Program from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 17 at the Northwest Branch of the Jefferson County Library, 5680 State Road PP in High Ridge. 

Children can choose from a variety of crafts to create Father’s Day gifts for Dad or Grandpa. They can also gift wrap their presents. In addition there will be refreshments and each participating child’s name will be entered in a drawing for attendance prizes. This year the Walmart Supercenters at Arnold and High Ridge are providing four children’s bicycles for the attendance prize drawings.  Every child who attends the craft program is automatically entered for a chance to win one of the attendance prizes.

This program is designed for children ages four through ten. All children must be accompanied by an adult who can assist them in their craft projects. To register please call the Northwest Branch Library at (636) 677-8186, starting on May 24. You can register for the 9 a.m., 10 a.m., or 11 a.m. craft session. There is no charge to attend, but registration in advance is required due to limited space. Registration will close when all available places are filled. 

Foundation Board member Linda Schroeder is co-ordinating  the event. A number of Jefferson County businesses, organizations and individuals have donated to the Library Foundation in support of this event. All proceeds will benefit the Jefferson County Library and its service to the community. 

In conjunction with the Craft Program, the Library Foundation is also sponsoring a Raffle featuring items that will make great gifts for Dad. 

This year we will a number of gifts, including custom golf balls; a BBQ Package including the "Bareque Bible" by Steve Raichlen and Freddie's All-American Gourmet Sauces; "Portraits in Courage" audiobook on CD read by the author, former President George W. Bush; a gift certificate from Servpro of North Jefferson County for professional carpet cleaning; stainless steel Buffet Servers; A $100 gift certificate from Fireworks City in Arnold.  

There will also be a second, separate raffle for several premium gifts, including: a five-day stay in a time share condo accommodating 4-6 people, at Roark Vacation Resort in Branson in July; a five-day stay in a time share condo accommodating 4-6 people at the Branson Yacht Club in September; a $500 gift certificate from Arnold Stove and Fireplace in Arnold; and a hot air balloon ride for two people from Balloons Over the Rainbow. 

Raffle tickets may be purchased at any Jefferson County Library location: Arnold Branch, 1701 Missouri State Road, Arnold; Windsor Branch, 7479 Metropolitan Boulevard, Barnhart; and Northwest Branch, 5680 State Road PP, High Ridge. Raffle tickets go on sale starting May 24. Tickets are five dollars each for the regular raffle and ten dollars each for the premium raffle. All proceeds benefit the Jefferson County Library Foundation. The drawings for the raffles will be held at noon on June 17 at the conclusion of the craft program. You do not have to be present to win. 


Jefferson County Library Foundation Will 
Participate in Give STL Day on May 11, 2017

The Jefferson County Library (JCL) Foundation will be participating in the annual Give STL Day on Thursday, May 11, 2017.  You will find our event page at https://www.givestlday.org/JeffCoLibFoundation  Last year this 24-hour online giving event sponsored by the St. Louis Community Foundation raised $2.15 million for area nonprofit organizations.

The JCL Foundation provides support for public Internet access via workstations, technology labs, and wireless service. They fund online database subscriptions to expand patron access to electronic content and services. The library's operating systems are also supported by the Foundation to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of patron interactions. Recent and ongoing projects include:

media resources to support the library's early childhood learning programs;
healthy living programs for all ages in partnership with the County Health Department and the municipal public libraries in Crystal City, DeSoto and Festus;
local match that leveraged federal funding for a community survey for the public to participate in setting priorities for a new strategic plan for library services;
additional resources and formats added to the library's electronic media: e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines and downloadable films;
eCards for every middle school student in the library's service area so students can access the library's research databases and electronic media from school and home.

The Foundation also offers scholarships and/or tuition reimbursement for library employees pursuing job-related degree programs or certifications. They supply stipends for library employees to participate in local, state, and national professional associations and activities that will increase their effectiveness in serving the needs of the community.

To learn more about Jefferson County Library go to www.jeffcolib.org 

To donate: bookmark our page https://www.givestlday.org/JeffCoLibFoundation, mark your calendar for Thursday, May 11, 2017, and enter your donation during the 24-hour giving period.

If you have questions about Give STL Day, see https://www.givestlday.org/faq




Library Foundation Sponsors First 5K Run & Family Fun Walk Fundraiser!

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Library Foundation’s Third Annual Mother’s Day Fundraiser Nets $3,910

  

The Jefferson County Library Foundation's third annual Mother’s Day Fundraiser raised $3,910 to benefit the Jefferson County Library.  Foundation Board members Linda Schroeder and Renee Reuter coordinated the event, a free drop in craft program at the Northwest Branch Library for families on May 7, and a raffle of sixteen elegant Mother's Day gift items. 

“The Foundation has grown its support for the library every year thanks to the generosity of this community,” said JCL director Pam Klipsch. “Every dollar the Foundation brings in helps the library provide critical support for families, job seekers, small businesses and seniors looking to learn, grow, achieve and thrive. 

On a beautiful spring morning, some 40 children and their adult helpers attended the Saturday morning craft program to create special hand-crafted Mother’s Day gifts for moms and grandmas. A big thanks to Linda Schroeder for organizing the craft program, and to Board members Renee Reuter, Nancy Bergfeld, Eric Knoll and Patti Redel for volunteering at the event.  Renee provided the refreshments, Nancy brought her amazing origami spinners for each child to take home. Patti, helped supervise the crafts, and Eric presided over the raffle table. A special thank you to JCL Children’s Librarian Molly Schmitt of the Northwest Branch Library, who set up the program room and unpacked and organized all the craft kits for the event. 

The completed crafts were wrapped in gift bags, and the children enjoyed refreshments while they waited for the attendance prize drawings. The prizes, four bicycles donated by the Walmart Supercenter at Gravois Bluffs, were won by four-year-old Aubrie Laffoon, daughter of Robert and Amber Laffoon of High Ridge; ten-year-old Gina Melton, daughter of Eddie and Ruth Melton of Murphy Flats; three-year-old Jaxon Bowe, son of Jason and Jayme Bowe of High Ridge; and three-year-old Hadley Miers, daughter of Luke and Jessica Miers of House Springs. Many thanks to Board member Tom Yarbrough, manager of the Gravois Bluffs Walmart, for the beautiful bikes!

The Mother's Day Raffle winners were Patty Lagermann, who won a patriotic wall wreath; Chris Manion, Ellen Haynes and Kay Dees who won St. Louis Cardinals gear; Jack Stewart who won two sets of Ralph Lauren bath towels; Joan Brocco and Ellen Haynes who won sets of designer jewelry; Phil Amato and Dan Redel who won designer hand bags; Jennifer Buschbacher who won a musical wall clock; Ellen Haynes who won a collapsible lounge chair and insulated mug; and Liz Auck who won the deluxe fireworks set. The winners of the three premium raffle items were Patti Redel, who won the Fox Theatre musical package; Anita Manion who won a pair of gift certificates for hot air balloon rides from Balloons Over the Rainbow; and Randy Miller who won a week's stay in a vacation condo from RCI time share vacation-exchange network, a divison of Wyndham Worldwide. 

The Foundation also thanks the area businesses, organizations and individuals who sponsored the advertisements for the Fundraiser that ran in the April 20 and may 4 editions of the Current Newsmagazine. They are: Jilly’s Café & Steakhouse (High Ridge); Loren Stuckmeyer Insurance Agency (High Ridge); the Northwest Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce; State Rep. John C. McCaherty (97th District); Bi-State Landscape Supply (High Ridge); G.G. Frank Construction Co, Inc. (Cedar Hill); Servpro of North Jefferson County (Arnold); Shelton Collision (High Ridge); Bianca L. Eden, Wegmann Law Firm (Hillsboro); Cedar Hill Florist; Haskins Storage (High Ridge); Ambush Pest Control (High Ridge); County Councilwoman Renee Reuter, 2nd District; Walmart Gravois Bluffs Supercenter (Fenton); Jerry Rogers Insurance Agency (High Ridge); County Councilman Jim Terry (7th district); Fortune Bank (Arnold); Paul’s Fireworks (House Springs); Gil Schroeder Sod Sales, Inc. (House Springs); Home Service Oil Company (Barnhart); Chapel Hill Mortuary & Memorial Gardens (Cedar Hill); Fireworks City (Arnold); V-Nails (House Springs); Cedar Hill Topsoil, Inc. (Cedar Hill).  And a very big thank you to Mike Kircher and his talented staff at the Current Newsmagazine, who put the advertisement together for us.


 

Library Foundation Sponsors 3rd Annual Mother’s Day Craft Program and Raffle May 7


The Jefferson County Library Foundation will host its free Mother’s Day Drop In Make & Take Craft Program from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 7 at the Northwest Branch of the Jefferson County Library, 5680 State Road PP in High Ridge. 

Children can choose from a variety of crafts to create Mother’s Day gifts for Mom or Grandma. They can also gift wrap their presents. In addition there will be refreshments and each participating child’s name will be entered in a drawing for attendance prizes. This year the Walmart Supercenter at Gravois Bluffs is providing four children’s bicycles for the attendance prize drawings.  Every child who attends the craft program is automatically entered for a chance to win one of the attendance prizes.

This program is designed for children ages four through ten. All children must be accompanied by an adult who can assist them in their craft projects. To register please call the Northwest Branch Library at (636) 677-8186, starting on April 23. You can register for the 9 a.m., 10 a.m., or 11 a.m. craft session. There is no charge to attend, but registration in advance is required due to limited space. Registration will close when all available places are filled. 

Foundation Board members Linda Schroeder Renee Reuter are co-ordinating  the event. A number of Jefferson County businesses, organizations and individuals have donated to the Library Foundation in support of this event. All proceeds will benefit the Jefferson County Library and its service to the community. 

In conjunction with the Craft Program, the Library Foundation is also sponsoring a Raffle featuring items that will make great gifts for Mom. 

This year we will raffle thirteen lovely gift packages, including designer purses and jewelry, Cardinals gear, a musical clock, A Jefferson College folding lounge chair and mug, a large box of assorted display fireworks, a large patriotic wall wreath, and a set of designer bath towels. 

There will also be a second, separate raffle for three premium gifts, including: a musical theater package with a gift card for the Fabulous Fox Theatre; certificates for two adults for a hot air balloon ride from Balloons Over the Rainbow; and a week’s stay in a time share condo accommodating 4-6 people, at your choice of location in the USA, from RCI time-share vacation exchange network, a division of Wyndham Worldwide.

Raffle tickets may be purchased at any Jefferson County Library location: Arnold Branch, 1701 Missouri State Road, Arnold; Windsor Branch, 7479 Metropolitan Boulevard, Barnhart; and Northwest Branch, 5680 State Road PP, High Ridge. Raffle tickets go on sale starting April 23. Tickets are five dollars each for the regular raffle and ten dollars each for the premium raffle. All proceeds benefit the Jefferson County Library Foundation. The drawings for the raffles will be held at noon on May 7 at the conclusion of the craft program. You do not have to be present to win. 

2016 Raffle Prizes

2016 Raffle Grand Prizes


Library Foundation Elects New Officers, Members, Plans Fundraisers at March Meeting


The Jefferson County Library Foundation held its annual meeting on March 1 at the Northwest Branch Library in High Ridge.  Founding Board member David Mangelsdorf announced his retirement from the Foundation Board.  In recognition of his service, he was voted Member Emeritus status by his colleagues. Mangelsdorf joins Vernon Sullivan, who received the Emeritus status on his retirement from the Foundation Board last year. 

Two new members were elected to the Foundation Board: Lt. Kevin Carle, North Zone Commander, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department; and Chris Ford, Assistant Vice President and Loan Officer, Fortune Bank of Arnold. 

The Foundation Board elected officers for 2016: President - Patti B. Redel; Vice President - Renee Reuter; Treasurer --- Eric Knoll; Secretary --- Tom Dixon.

Members of the 2016 Foundation Board are: Nancy Bergfeld (High Ridge); Lt. Kevin Carle (High Ridge); Patti Christen (High Ridge); Tom Dixon (Arnold); Chris Ford (Arnold); Dorothy Hamilton (Byrnes Mill); Eric Knoll (Arnold); State Representative John C. McCaherty (High Ridge); Patti B. Redel (Eureka); County Councilwoman Renee Reuter (Imperial); Linda Schroeder (House Springs); Larry Schroth (Union); Tom Yarbrough (Fenton). Emeritus Members David Mangelsdorf (Imperial) and Vernon Sullivan (Arnold).

The Foundation is planning two fundraisers for 2016. the third annual Mother's Day Craft Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 7 at the Northwest Branch Library. Linda Schroeder and Renee Reuter are co-ordinating this event.  A Run for the Books Halloween 5K Run and Family Fun Walk will be held on Sunday, october 30 at the Arnold City Park in Arnold. Patti B. Redel and Larry Schroth are co-ordinating this event, and the Foundation is contracting with Fleet Feet Race Productions for support services.   


Library Foundation Fundraiser September 22 at Panera Bread Company in Arnold Commons

Dine in or take out dinner at Panera Bread Company located in Arnold Commons Shopping Center between 4 and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22 and Panera will donate a portion of the cost of your purchase to the Jefferson County Library Foundation. 

You will need to bring a coupon with you when you order your food that evening in order to participate in the fundraiser. Copies of the coupon are available at all three branches of the Jefferson County Library: the Arnold Branch at 1701 Missouri State Road; the Windsor Branch at 7479 Metropolitan Boulevard in Barnhart; and the Northwest Branch at 5680 State Road PP in High Ridge. Or you can copy the coupon below and print it out.

“If at least fifty people bring in coupons that night, Panera will increase the percentage of the donations to 20% of the purchase,” said Foundation Board member David Mangelsdorf, who organized the event with Panera.  “All proceeds will benefit Jefferson County Library. We hope that everyone who believes libraries make a community better and stronger will come out, enjoy a good meal, and support our library.”




Jefferson County Library Foundation Receives $2,500 Grant

From Enterprise Holdings Foundation


The Jefferson County Library Foundation has received a grant of $2,500 from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Enterprise Holdings, which, through its regional subsidiaries, operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. The Library Foundation is using the grant to add streaming videos for children to the Jefferson County Library’s MissouriLibraries2Go e-Media service, according to Foundation Board president Patti B. Redel.    

Redel said that the library was able to purchase licenses for 250 streaming videos combining learning and entertainment for children. JCL cardholders can access MOLIB2GO through Jefferson County Library’s new, updated web site: http://jeffcolib.org. The service includes online access to e-books, e-audiobooks, and streaming videos, for all ages from preschoolers through adults. 

County Councilwoman Renee Reuter (2nd District), who sponsored the Library Foundation’s grant application, also serves as a member of the Library Foundation Board. Reuter, an employee of Enterprise Holdings’ corporate Counsel team, credits her parents for her lifelong love of libraries. Reuter fondly recalls how her mother read aloud to her and her siblings when they were small, and their weekly trips to the library for books. Her father, Mike Devlin, is a longtime volunteer at the Windsor Branch Library in Barnhart.  

“A lifelong love of books and learning is the best guarantee for success we can give our children,” Reuter declared. “And because we have libraries, every parent --- no matter their circumstances --- can provide that advantage to their children.”  


Library Foundation’s Second Mother’s Day Fundraiser Nets $3,400

  

The Jefferson County Library Foundation's second annual Mother’s Day Fundraiser raised $3,400 to benefit the Jefferson County Library.  Foundation Board members Linda Schroeder and Mike Arnhart coordinated the event, which included 24 local businesses sponsoring a double page advertisement featured in the April 22 and May 6 issues of the Current Newsmagazine, a free drop in craft program at the Northwest Branch Library for families on May 9, and a raffle of ten elegant Mother's Day gift items. 

“The Foundation started just five years ago, and it has grown its support for the library and the community the library serves every year,” said JCL director Pam Klipsch. “These are challenging times and every penny helps. The library will lose half of the critical support it previously received from the state in the FY16 budget just passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor. Yet the library is busier than ever, with more people borrowing e-books and media, accessing our services from home over the Internet, and coming to the library to participate in programs and events like the Mother’s Day crafts.” 

Despite the wet weather, 33 children and their adult helpers attended the Saturday morning craft program to create special hand-crafted Mother’s Day gifts for moms and grandmas. A big thanks to Linda Schroeder for supporting the craft program, and to Board members Nancy Bergfeld, Dorothy Hamilton, Eric Knoll and Patti Redel for volunteering at the event.  Nancy Bergfeld created beautiful origami spinners and jumping frogs for each child to take home. Patti, Dorothy and Linda supervised the crafts, and Eric presided over the raffle table. A special thank you to JCL Children’s Librarian Molly Schmitt of the Northwest Branch Library, who set up the program room and unpacked and organized all the craft kits for the event. Molly and Board member Patti Christen also lent their expertise to the task of selecting the craft kits for this year’s event.

The completed crafts were wrapped in hand-decorated gift bags, and the children enjoyed refreshments while they waited for the attendance prize drawings. The prizes, three bicycles donated by the Walmart Supercenter at Gravois Bluffs, were won by five-year-old Rebekah Stockwell, daughter of James and Roxanna Stockwell of House Springs; six-year-old Brayden Sitek, son of Dave and Melissa Sitek of High Ridge; and nine-year-old Cora Hummel, daughter of Otto and Jeannette Hummel of Villa Ridge. Many thanks to Board member Tom Yarbrough, manager of the Gravois Bluffs Walmart, for the beautiful bikes!

The Mother's Day Raffle winners were Donna O’Malley of Cedar Hill, who won a gift certificate for the garden shop at Bi-State Landscaping in High Ridge; Yuridia Colin of Fenton, who won a blue Sun & Sand Tote Bag; Karen Kiel of High Ridge, who won an orange Sun & Sand Tote Bag; Charles Groeteke of Barnhart, who won a Fossil designer handbag; Ellen Haynes of Cedar Hill who won a Vera Bradley designer handbag; Jo Hummel of Dittmer who won a white Cardinals jersey; Rick James of House Springs who won a red Cardinals jacket; Retta Susan Tuggle of Eureka who won the Sweet Dreams gift basket; Rosemary Behrman of Arnold who won a gift certificate for free carpet cleaning from Servpro of North Jefferson County; and Vern Whillock of Festus who won gift certificate for a full day of spa services from Changes Salon & Spa in South St. Louis County.

The Foundation would also like to thank the area businesses and organizations who demonstrated their support for the library by sponsoring the advertisements that ran in the Current. They are: Jilly’s Café & Steakhouse (High Ridge); Loren Stuckmeyer Insurance Agency (High Ridge); the Northwest Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce; High Ridge Firefighters Local 2665; Bi-State Landscape Supply (High Ridge); G.G. Frank Construction Co, Inc. (Cedar Hill); Servpro of North Jefferson County (Arnold); Shelton Collision (High Ridge); Bianca L. Eden, Attorney at Law (Hillsboro); State Representative John C. McCaherty (97th District); Haskins Storage (High Ridge); Ambush Pest Control (High Ridge); County Councilwoman Renee Reuter, 2nd District; Walmart Gravois Bluffs Supercenter (Fenton); Jerry Rogers Insurance Agency (High Ridge); Liquid Spirits Beverage Catering (High Ridge); Sean King, Edward Jones (Sunset Hills); Paul’s Fireworks (House Springs); Gil Schroeder Sod Sales, Inc. (House Springs); Home Service Oil Company (Barnhart); Chapel Hill Mortuary & Memorial Gardens (Cedar Hill); Fireworks City (Arnold); V-Nails (House Springs); Cedar Hill Topsoil, Inc. (Cedar Hill).  And a very big thank you to Mike Kircher and his very talented staff at the Current Newsmagazine, who put the double page spread together for us.


Library Foundation Sponsors 2nd Annual Mother’s Day Craft Program and Raffle May 9


The Jefferson County Library Foundation is again hosting a free Mother’s Day Drop In Make & Take Craft Program from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 9 at the Northwest Branch of the Jefferson County Library, 5680 State Road PP in High Ridge. 

The program will include a story time and a variety of gifts that children can craft as Mother’s Day presents for Mom and Grandma. They can also gift wrap their presents. In addition there will be refreshments and each participating child’s name will be entered in a drawing for attendance prizes. Again this year the Walmart Supercenter at Gravois Bluffs is providing three children’s bicycles for the attendance prizes.

This program is designed for children ages four through ten. Children must be accompanied by an adult who can assist them in their craft project. To register please call the Northwest Branch Library at (636) 677-8186, starting on April 22. You can register for the 9 a.m., 10 a.m., or 11 a.m. craft session. There is no charge to attend, but registration in advance is required due to limited space. Registration will close when all available places are filled. 

Foundation Board members Linda Schroeder, Patti Redel and Mike Arnhart are coordinating  the event. A number of Jefferson County businesses, organizations and individuals have purchased ads in a special two page spread apppearing in the April 22 and May 6 Big River Editions of the Current Newsmagazine to show their support for the Library Foundation and for the library’s service to the Jefferson County community. 

In conjunction with the Craft Program, the Library Foundation is also sponsoring a raffle featuring ten prizes that would make great gifts for Mom. Raffle gifts include four designer purses, a St. Louis Cardinals shirt and jacket, a Sweet Dreams Gift Basket, a $25 gift certificate from Bi-State Landscaping in High Ridge, a gift certificate for $150 of free carpet cleaning from Servepro of Fenton, and a gift certificate for a full day package of spa services from Changes Salon and Spa of South County. 

Raffle tickets may be purchased at any Jefferson County Library location: Arnold Branch, 1701 Missouri State Road, Arnold; Windsor Branch, 7479 Metropolitan Boulevard, Barnhart; and Northwest Branch. Raffle tickets also will go on sale starting April 22. Tickets are five dollars each and all proceeds benefit the Jefferson County Library Foundation. The drawings for the raffle will be held at noon on May 9 at the conclusion of the craft program. You do not have to be present to win. 

To learn more about the Jefferson County Library and the Library Foundation please go to our web site at http://www.jeffersoncountylibrary.org. To find the Foundation click on the Give to JCL link at the top right hand corner of the library's web site http://jeffersoncountylibrary.org.


Library Foundation Completes Successful Fundraising Year    

Michael Arnhart, Patti Christen, Dorothy Hamilton and Eric Knoll were elected to serve three year terms on the Jefferson County Library Foundation Board at the Board's annual meeting on March 3. Vernon Sullivan and Ryan McKenna completed their terms and were thanked for their service. Sullivan, who was one of the founding members of the Library Foundation, was unanimously named a Director Emeritus, in recognition of his significant contribution to the Library and the Foundation.

The Board chose Patti B. Redel of Arnold as President for 2015; Tom Yarbrough was re-elected Vice President; Eric Knoll was re-elected Treasurer; and Michael Arnhart was re-elected Secretary.

The Jefferson County Library Foundation experienced a surge in its fundraising in 2014, sponsoring two successful fundraisers in the spring and landing a major grant from a new community funding source in the fall. Grants and donations brought in revenue of $122,883 for the year. This included grants for $6,906 and $100,000 from the Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation, $9,990 from the Monsanto Fund, $3,000 from the Walmart Foundation, and $500 from the Commerce Bancshares Foundation. The Mother’s Day fundraiser raised $3,110 and the Wine-Tasting fundraiser raised $3,788. The Foundation also received gifts from the Friends of the Library and individual donors. 

   The Foundation allocated $9,990 for science and technology-based activities for the 2014 Summer Reading Program, and will administer a $100,000 grant to support the 3-4-67 Health and Wellness program in 2015. This initiative is a collaborative effort by the Jefferson County Library, the Crystal City, DeSoto and Festus Public Libraries and the Jefferson County Health Department. The Foundation contributed $16,296 to support library technology needs in 2014: additional interactive media for children, the local match for a LSTA grant to purchase Google Chromebooks for patrons to use in the library, three portable AEDs (defibrillators) for the three Branch Libraries plus staff training and certification, and the local match for an LSTA Planning Grant proposal to fund the Library’s long range planning process in 2015. If the proposal is approved, the Foundation’s contribution will generate another $16,415 in federal LSTA funds, and provide a total of $19,915 for the yearlong planning process. The Foundation also contributed $2,000 toward the cost of library staff development activities and continuing education in 2014, and transferred $2,000 into the Library for the Future Endowment Fund. 

    2015 Foundation Board: Michael Arnhart, Nancy Bergfeld, Patti Christen, Tom Dixon, Dorothy Hamilton, Eric Knoll, David Mangelsdorf, Patti B. Redel, Renee Reuter, Linda Schroeder, Tom Yarbrough. There are currently four vacancies on the Foundation Board. Any one interested in joining the Foundation Board, or in making a tax-deductible donation, may contact JCL director Pam Klipsch at pklipsch@jeffcolib.org or (636) 677-8689.


Libraries Receive Grant from Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation
for Collaborative 3-4-67 Health Education Initiative in 2015

    The Jefferson County Library, Crystal City, DeSoto and Festus Public Libraries, and the Jefferson County Health Department will share a $100,000 grant from the Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation to collaborate on the 3-4-67 Health Education Initiative during 2015. The grant was awarded to the Jefferson County Library Foundation, which will act as the fiscal agent to administer the grant and distribute the money to the participating agencies.

    The 3-4-67 Health Education Initiative seeks to raise awareness of the three high risk behaviors (poor nutrition, lack of exercise and tobacco use) that contribute to the four chronic diseases (heart disease/stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer and respiratory disease) that are the cause of 67% of the deaths in Jefferson County. The grant money will be used to increase access to health and wellness information and expand outreach locations for health and wellness activities for all ages at local public libraries throughout the County.  

    Programs and activities will begin in January and continue throughout the year. “Our goal is to help people discover how to make choices that decrease their risk of disease and the burdensome cost of medical care, improving their chances for healthier, happier and more active lives,” said JCL director Pam Klipsch.  

    The Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation was established when the Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Festus was acquired last year by Mercy Hospitals. 


Library Foundation Nets $3,788 from Wine Tasting Fundraiser

The Jefferson County Library Foundation netted $3,788 from a Wine Tasting Fundraiser on June 27.

Fifty people attended the invitation-only event, hosted by JCL Foundation Board member David Mangelsdorf and his wife Glenna at their home in Imperial. The party was catered by Taytro’s Bistro of Festus, and the wine tasting was provided by P.R.P. Wine International, Inc. Guests paid $50 per person for tickets and had the opportunity to purchase bottles of wine, with the Foundation receiving a percentage of the purchase price. 

      Mangelsdorf said, “We believe investing in our community is just good sense, and the library reaches everyone, from little kids to seniors.” 

      The Library Foundation was established in 2010 and raises money to support technology, interactive programs and staff development for the Jefferson County Library. Such efforts are needed more now than ever, said JCL director Pam Klipsch, because local revenues from property taxes have been flat since the onset of the Great Recession, and state funding is now problematic, since Governor Jay Nixon is withholding $6.5 million dollars that was included in the state budget for Missouri public libraries for the fiscal year that began July 1st.

      That withheld funding was supposed to pay for the circuit connection fees for public library Internet access and for a basic suite of databases for public use. The withheld money also included funding that libraries could use to purchase materials or update equipment. For Jefferson County Library the withheld funds amount to $96,000. Right now, Klipsch said, the library is scrambling to find almost $20,000 to replace withheld state funds that were supposed to pay most of the cost for the renewal of the Internet service contract. “We have to pay that bill by the end of September if we want to have Internet service on October 1st.,” Klipsch said.  


Jefferson County Library Foundation Receives Grant for Defibrillators from the Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation

             The Jefferson County Library Foundation has received a capital grant of $6,906 in the first round of funding from the Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation. The grant will be used to purchase three automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to be placed at each of the County Library’s three locations: Arnold Branch, Northwest Branch (High Ridge) and Windsor Branch (Barnhart).  The grant will also pay the costs for library employees who have volunteered to be trained and certified in CPR and the use of the defibrillators in emergency situations.

            “This is something we have had on our wish list for a long time,” said JCL director Pam Klipsch. “Having this life-saving equipment in our libraries with staff trained and certified in their use can increase the survival rate of employees and library patrons who experience sudden cardiac arrest.” Klipsch said a number of library employees have already volunteered to participate in AED training and certification by the Red Cross.

            Many public agencies and private businesses are purchasing AEDs and training employees to use them in emergencies while waiting for first responders to arrive, said Michael Arnhart, Chief of the High Ridge Fire Protection District, and a member of the Library Foundation Board of Directors. “Early assistance in the critical minutes before the EMTs arrive can make a big difference to the survival and recovery rate of someone suffering a sudden cardiac arrest,” Arnhart stated.

            Klipsch said that with local revenues flat since the recession JCL is struggling to maintain its primary mission and there is very little money for extras. Public libraries across the state received another financial setback when Governor Nixon withheld state funding allocated to public libraries in the FY2015 budget. “Public libraries statewide stand to lose $6.5 million in fiscal 2015 if that money is not released,” Klipsch said. “Here at Jefferson County Library we will lose $96,000 that we planned to spend on new materials, Internet access and equipment upgrades. We’re deferring some building maintenance projects and using that money to cover our Internet access fees --- and hoping that the Governor and the General Assembly will reach a compromise that will allow the release of at least some of the withheld funding.”

            Vernon Sullivan, president of the Library Foundation Board, said the Foundation was established in 2010 in order to find alternative revenue streams for the Library. Local property taxes, collected in the two active library subdistricts, Fox-Windsor and Northwest, amount to almost 88% of the library’s total revenue. The state allocations are not quite 2 percent of the library’s revenue. “It’s a situation where every penny counts,” Sullivan said. The new Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation, which came out of the sale of Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Festus to Mercy Hospitals, is a godsend to local agencies and nonprofits concerned with health and wellness in Jefferson County, Sullivan said. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jefferson County Library Foundation Event Raises $3,110 for Library Programs                                        

  The Library Foundation's first fundraising event on May 10 raised over $3,000 to benefit the Jefferson County Library.               Foundation Board member Linda Schroeder organized the event, which included local businesses in a full page advertisement      featured in the April 23 and May 7 issues of the Current Newsmagazine, a free drop in craft program at the Northwest Branch   Library for families, and a raffle of seven elegant Mother's Day gift items. 

  Twenty-four area businesses and individuals who donated to the Library Foundation in support of this event were featured in      the advertisement. Thirty-four children and their adult helpers attended the Saturday morning program. The children chose          craft items to make as gifts for moms and grandmas. After each gift was completed they were wrapped in gift bags tied with curly   ribbons, and the children enjoyed refreshments while they waited for the random drawing for attendance prizes. The prizes,          three bicycles donated by the Gravois Bluffs Walmart, were all won by six-year-olds: Mackenzie Warren, daughter of Steve and Tanya Warren of High Ridge; Maylee Coleman, daughter of Brandon and Kate Coleman of Fenton; and Hayden Ford, son of Krissy Ford of High Ridge. 

The Mother's Day Raffle winners were Eric Knoll, Sherry Mayberry, Carol England, Jo Hummel, Charles Groeteke, Carol Hamilton and Pat McMillen. 


Jefferson County Library Foundation Sponsors Mother's Day Craft Program and Raffle May 10 at Northwest Branch Library

The Jefferson County Library Foundation is sponsoring a free Mother's Day Drop In Make & Take Craft program from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 10 at the Northwest Branch of the Jefferson County Library, 5680 State Road PP in High Ridge. 

The program will include a variety of gifts that children can craft as Mother's Day gifts for Mom and Grandma. They can also gift wrap their presents. In addition there will be refreshments and each participating child's name will be entered in a drawing for attendance prizes.

This program is designed for children ages four through ten. Children must be accompanied by an adult who can assist them in their craft project. To register please call the Northwest Branch Library at (636) 677-8186 starting April 23. You can register for the 9 a.m., 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. craft session. There is no charge to attend but registration in advance is required due to limited space. Registration will close when all available places are filled.

Foundation Board members Linda Schroeder and Renee Reuter are organizing the event. Twenty-four Jefferson County businesses, organizations and individuals have donated to the Foundation for this event to show their support for the library's service to the Jefferson County community. A special thanks to Foundation Board member Tom Yarbrough, manager of the Walmart Supercenter at Gravois Bluffs, which has donated three bicycles as attendance prizes for the craft program,

In conjunction with the craft program, the Foundation is also sponsoring a raffle featuring a number of great gifts for Mom. Raffle tickets may be purchased at any Jefferson County Library location: Arnold Branch, 1701 Missouri State Road in Arnold; Northwest Branch, 5680 State Road PP in High Ridge; and Windsor Branch, 7479 Metropolitan Boulevard in Barnhart. Raffle tickets will go on sale starting April 23. Tickets are $5 each and all proceeds benefit the Jefferson County Library Foundation. The drawings for the raffle will be held at noon on May 10 at the conclusion of the craft program. You do not have to be present to win.

 Raffle items (clockwise): Alexander Kalifano Gemstone Globe; Bvlgari "Jasmine Noir" Perfume' Grande chef Digital BBQ Thermometer Fork; two official MLB Cardinals Baseball     Tee-shirts and an official MLB Cardinals Baseball jacket; and a Rioni Italian Designer Purse.









Jefferson County Library Foundation Receives Monsanto Fund Grant for Summer 2014 Library Programs

The Jefferson County Library Foundation has received a grant of $9,990 from the Monsanto Fund to support science-themed activities as part of the 2014 Summer Reading Program. Foundation Board President Vernon Sullivan, a retired educator, said the Foundation was thrilled to receive the grant to provide hands-on activity programs at all three branch libraries next summer. "This is a great fit with the 2014 theme of Fizz, Boom, Read!' Sullivan said, " and an opportunity to show kids how science connects with everyday life."

Jefferson County Library has been sponsoring the annual Summer Reading Program since the district opened its first branch libraries in Arnold and High Ridge in 1991 Last year 2,676 children and teens participated in the program, attending activities at the libraries and reading 43,133 books.

The Summer Reading Program for 2014 will run from June 2 through July 31. Children of all ages and teens (generally through age 15) participate in activity programs and in the annual Summer Reading Challenge. JCL gives first preference to residents of the active library subdistricts (corresponding to the Fox, Windsor and Northwest School Districts) and to nonresident cardholders who pay an annual feel to use the library (those who do not live or own real property within the active library subdistricts). Some nonresidents pay $15 for a three month family card to use the library during the summer only to participate in the Summer Reading Program.

Sign up for the activity programs and the Summer Reading Challenge will start in May. The Library consulted with the Mastodon Fair to plan the programs, and has selected the organization Mad Science to provide all-ages programs to kick off the SRP in early June and for wrap-up programs in early August at the Arnold, Northwest and Windsor Branches. Mad Science will also present a series of hands-on, science-based activity workshops for children in grades K-6 three days each week during the month of July at all three branch libraries. Participating kids and their parents are encourage to post photos and comments about the programs and workshops on the Library's Facebook page this summer athttp://www.facebook.com/summerwithmadscience. Advance registration is required for all programs due to space limitations.

Activities will use ordinary objects and experiences to discover how scientific concepts impact so many facets of our everyday life. "Every room in your house is full of amazing inventions that are the result of people who pursued their ideas, tried and failed over and over again, until they finally succeeded in making them work. And we all enjoy the benefits of their ingenuity, patience and persistence," said Library Director Pam Klipsch.

Klipsch said the Library was grateful to the Library Foundation Board and to the Monsanto Fund for providing this support. "It's giving us opportunities to collaborate with other educators," she said, "and to encourage kids' natural curiosity and inventiveness about how things work, and how to make them work better. The library should be a place that encourages curiosity and investigation."

About the Monsanto Fund: The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund athttp://www.monsantofund.org


Jefferson County Library Foundation Elects Officers for 2014, Reviews Progress

Nancy Bergfeld of High Ridge and Patti B. Redel of Arnold were elected to three year terms on the Board of the Jefferson County Library Foundation at the Board's Annual Meeting on March 5. 

Vernon Sullivan, a retired educator from Arnold, was re-elected President of the Foundation for 2014. Tom Yarbrough, manager of the Gravois Bluffs Walmart Super Center, was elected Vice President. Eric Knoll, a retired government administrator from Arnold was re-elected Treasurer, and Mike Arnhart, Chief of the High Ridge Fire Protection District, was re-elected Secretary.

Sullivan said he was pleased with the progress the Foundation has made since its inception in the fall of 2010. "We want to keep moving in the right direction," he commented, "keep growing and help the library provide great services to our community."

The Board approved the 2013 Final Financial Report, showing the Foundation began the year with $3,885.24; revenues in grants and donations totaled $11,913.34; total expenses for the year were $7,759; the year end cash balance was $8,039.58. 

Sullivan noted that in 2013 the Foundation donated $6,199 to the library to pay for e-books and interactive media, and to support the library's public Internet services, and established the Foundation Endowment Fund for the Future with a transfer of $1,500. 

At the Annual Meeting the Board voted to donate $2,000 to support library employees' participation in technology-related continuing education in 2014. "If the library is going to provide 21st century technology-based services, it needs employees with 21st century technology expertise, " Sullivan said. 

The Board also voted to transfer $2,000 to the Library Foundation Endowment Fund for the Future.  

Other members of the 2014 Library Foundation Board are Tom Dixon, David Mangelsdorf, Ryan McKenna, Renee Reuter, and Linda Schroeder. 

The Jefferson County Library Foundatio is a 501(c)3 public charity registered with the Internal Revenue Service and the Missouri Secretary of State. All donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible. Donations may be sent to the Jefferson County Library Foundation, 5678 State Road PP, High Ridge MO 63049. For more information please contact Jefferson County Library director Pam Klipsch (636) 677-8689 or e-mailpklipsch@jeffcolib.org


Jefferson County Library Foundation Acknolwledges 2013 Donations

The Jefferson County Library Foundation received grants and donations totaling just over $12,000 in 2013 to fund new technology and online resources for the public at the Library District’s Arnold, Northwest and Windsor Branches.

“Since its inception in the fall of 2010, the Foundation has raised $24,299 to help fund Internet services, online databases for students of all ages, downloadable e-books for children and adults, and interactive digital media for children,” said JCL director Pam Klipsch. “And this year the Foundation Board also established an Endowment Fund for the future. We are so grateful to the Foundation Board members, and to all of our donors, who believe in the power of libraries to provide opportunities for a better life for everyone and a brighter future for our kids especially.”

During 2013 the Library Foundation received grants from the Walmart Foundation, the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, Ross Dress for Less Stores, Ameren Missouri Meramec Valley Division, and Commerce Bancshares Foundation.

2013 donors include the Friends of the Arnold Branch Library, Bill and Nancy Bergfeld, the Family of William F. Klipsch Jr. and Ruth E. Klipsch, Vernon Sullivan Friends of Fox School, Gil and Linda Schroeder, the Friends of the Windsor Branch Library, Eric and Nelda Knoll, Retta M. Tuggle, Jeff Roorda, Mark and Bianca Bullock, Ron Counts, High Ridge Firefighters Local 2665, Jefferson County Labor PAC, Commerce Bank of Arnold, and Meramec Specialty Company. 


Library Foundation Glow Ball Tournament Fundraiser Has Been Canceled

The Foundation Fundraiser scheduled for Friday, October 25 has been canceled. 



Jefferson County Library Foundation Receives $1,000 Opening Day Grant
From Ross Dress for Less at Arnold Grand Opening

The Jefferson County Library Foundation received an Opening Day grant from Ross Dress for Less at the Grand Opening of the new Ross Dress for Less Store in Arnold. Foundation Board President Vernon Sullivan and JCL director Pam Klipsch accepted a check for $1,000 from Ross District Manager Ken Bialka and Arnold Store manager Patty Lamoureux at the Grand Opening of the new store located in Arnold Commons on Saturday, October 12. 

Sullivan said he was thrilled when representatives of Ross contacted the library and announced their intention to award a grant to the Foundation. "This was well worth getting up early on a rainy Saturday morning," he quipped. Klipsch agreed, saying that the grant money would help the Foundation provide additional new educational technology and programs for children and students using the library.   

Jefferson County Library Foundation Receives $2,000 Grant
From Enterprise Holdings Foundation

The Jefferson County Library Foundation has received a grant of $2,000 from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the company that operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. The Foundation is using the grant to add more electronic books for children and teens to the Jefferson County Library’s MissouriLibraries2Go service, according to Foundation Board president Vernon Sullivan, a retired educator from Arnold. 

Sullivan said the added books will make it easier for children and teens to connect with books and keep up their reading skills during the summer vacation. JCL cardholders can download eBooks through the JCL web site: http://jeffersoncountylibrary.org, to read on a computer, eBook reader or tablet at home. In addition to MissouriLibraries2Go, the library web site also provides online access to books and audiobooks for all ages from preschool through adult through its suite of Tumblebooks services. 

County Councilwoman Renee Reuter (2nd District), who sponsored the Library Foundation’s grant application, currently serves as vice president of the Library Foundation. Reuter, an attorney specializing in intellectual property rights for Enterprise, credits her parents for her lifelong love of libraries. Her father, Mike Devlin, is a longtime volunteer at the Windsor Branch Library in Barnhart. 

“There is no greater benefit that parents can give their children than a desire for reading and learning,” Reuter declared. “The library is the one place in every community dedicated to the best kind of learning, the kind of learning that is lifelong, self-directed and personally satisfying.”

         

Library Foundation Receives $3,000 from Walmart Foundation for Early Childhood Media

The Jefferson County Library Foundation gratefully acknowledges a third $1,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation on behalf of the Walmart Supercenter in Arnold. The grant will be used to purchase Playaway Views, handheld DVD players pre-loaded with award-winning programs for young children, which will be available for library cardholders to borrow from the library later this summer.

The Walmart Foundation has donated a total of $3,000 this year to the Jefferson County Library Foundation to fund this project. "We are very excited to be able to offer these new devices to our patrons," said library director Pam Klipsch. "Without the generosity of our local Walmart stores we could not have afforded to do this. Thank you to Tom Yarbrough (Gravois Bluffs Walmart), Daniel Webb (High Ridge Walmart), Chet Champman (Arnold Walmart) and all their associates, and to retired Walmart manager Gary Hobbs who sits on our Foundation Board."

The Walmart Foundation provided the funding to the Jefferson County Library Foundation to start the View collection last year. "We are very excited to be able to offer additional new devices to this popular collection for our youngest library users," said library director Pam Klipsch. "Without the generosity of our local Walmart stores we could not have afforded to do this. Thank you to Tom Yarbrough (Gravois Bluffs Walmart) who sits on our Foundation Board, and Daniel Webb (High Ridge Walmart), Chet Champman (Arnold Walmart) and all their associates for supporting the library."


Jefferson County Library Foundation Elects 2013 Officers, Establishes Endowment Fund

Vernon Sullivan, a retired educator from Arnold, was elected 2013 President of the Jefferson County Library Foundation at its annual meeting on March 5. Attorney Renee Reuter of Imperial was elected Vice President. Eric Knoll, a retired local government administrator from Arnold, was elected Treasurer, and High Ridge Fire District Chief Michael Arnhart was elected Secretary.

“I’m looking forward to my year as President,” Sullivan said. “I know the key to raising money for the Foundation is convincing folks that the Library is a worthy cause that deserves our support. I think we can make our case.”

Sullivan gave as an example, the Library’s new e-book lending service. “After just six months, there are over 600 library cardholders using this service on a regular basis,” he observed. “If each of those people would donate just $25 to the Foundation, we could raise $15,000 to help make the library and its resources more accessible to everyone.”

Tom Dixon, David Mangelsdorf, Reuter, Linda Schroeder and Tom Yarbrough were all re-elected to three year terms (2013-2016) on the Foundation Board. Other continuing Board members for 2013 are Arnhart, Knoll, Ryan McKenna, and Sullivan.

The Board approved the final financial report for 2012. The Library Foundation began the year with a balance of $801. Revenues for 2012 totaled $8,489, including $4,500 in grants from the Walmart Foundation and the Enterprise Holdings Foundation. The Foundation donated $5,395 to the Library to start a collection of View players for young children and to add children’s and teen titles to the Library’s e-book lending service, which debuted in June. The Foundation ended the year with a balance of $3,885.

The Board voted unanimously to establish an Endowment Fund for the future technology needs of the Library, and transferred $1,000 to the Endowment.

Since the first two months of 2013, the Foundation has received an additional $1,325 in donations. The Board adopted a statement of Funding Activities and Priorities for 2013.

The Board voted to approve an allocation of $499 to fund one year trial subscriptions to three Tumblebooks e-content services that provide 24/7 online access to books, audio books, and videos for children, teens and adults. The services are available through the Library’s web site,http://jeffersoncountylibrary.org to anyone with access to the Internet at home, at work or on a mobile device.

Two committees were established to pursue fundraising proposals in 2013. Mangelsdorf, Sullivan and Arnhart are charged with organizing a golf tournament this summer; Reuter and Schroeder are investigating a dinner and auction next fall.



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