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Mission Statement

We are the catalyst in sparking private funding to ensure our libraries flourish.

Create a Lasting Legacy

Our Foundation raises money to expand and enhance programs and services for the Community Library Network. A gift of any amount is a legacy that will be greatly appreciated and remembered. Our foundation is a 501 (c)3 entity.

For more information, contact Anne Abrams, 208-773-1506 or Foundation@CommunityLibrary.Net.

Foundation Board of Directors

Rich Wallace, president

Sharon Jennings, vice-president and secretary

Tom Lien, treasurer

For more information contact Rich Wallace, president: Foundation@CommunityLibrary.Net.

Foundation projects

Many of our projects are ongoing.  You can help with our efforts big and small.  Your contribution is tax deductible and will touch lives throughout our community. Although any amount is welcome, for donations of $1,000 or more, the Foundation will acknowledge your support on our Donor Recognition Bookshelf in the Hayden Library foyer.

2019 – Wilma’s Realm, Post Falls Library

River City Middle School student Mikylie Arrant and Mayor Ron Jacobson kick off the fundraising effort by placing money into newly unveiled dragon donation box.
River City Middle School student Mikylie Arrant and Mayor Ron Jacobson kick off the fundraising effort by placing money into newly unveiled dragon donation box.

The Post Falls Library is a mecca for tweens and teens, with two middle schools and the alternative high school within walking distance. An average of 50 students drop by the library each day afterschool.

Thanks to a bequest from long-time member Wilma Beauchot, interior walls have been built to create an after-school space for middle school and high school students. Now the task at hand is raising money for teen-centric technology and furnishings. Find out more about the project and how you can help at CommunityLibrary.Net/Space.

2018 – Athol Remodel

Foundation Directors Sharon Jennings and Tom Lien look over the new Athol computer bar.
Foundation Directors Sharon Jennings and Tom Lien look over the new Athol computer bar.

The little Athol Library seems a whole lot bigger as space has been arranged to increase the amount of square footage available to the public. Through careful planning and generous donations from Athol residents and the Community Library Network Foundation, the long awaited renovations are complete.

Gone are the six computer carrels, having been replaced by a sleek computer bar and laptops. The check out desk has been swapped for a smaller version and moved to another location to allow for better traffic flow.

Staff now has the counter space to do their work and new paint is on the walls. The wish list includes movable shelves and revitalizing the kid’s area to make it more open and inviting. Total project costs came in at almost $25,000.

Library Manager Jill Roche said, “We have gotten so many compliments on the changes. More projects will be done when we have more charitable contributions in our piggy bank.”

During a recent tour of the library, Library Network Foundation Treasurer Tom Lien said, “We were happy to pitch in and donate money to help make this transformation happen. There are six more libraries in the District, and every one of them needs to be renovated to accommodate their communities.”

2017 - Post Falls Meeting Room Remodel

Post Falls Library's new high-tech meeting room

The transformation from a dated 1990s discussion room to a modern high-tech collaboration space was completed in August 2017. The Foundation used money from a successful Trivia event to add to the grant provided by the Post Falls International Rotary Club.

Those using the discussion room will have access to a wall-mounted interactive white board allowing direct access to the Internet and other features. The modern color pallet complements the new furniture that can be reconfigured for multiple purposes and will sit ten people comfortably.

2014

Hayden Library Front Entrance Renovation 

Front of Hayden Library

Total costs for the makeover were about $8000, with half coming from the Foundation for masonry and concrete work and the rest donated by Steve Walther, ALSC Architects, Spokane, and Jim Small, Small’s Construction.  The Foundation’s next challenge will be to raise money for commercial-grade seating and lighting.

2012 and 2013

Post Falls Library Foundation:

Guitar Hero Contest and Bike Rack Installation

We amped it up for Guitar Heroes! The unconventional library event, a project of the Post Falls Library Foundation, raised money for a new “cool” bike rack.

A custom bicycle rack provides secure spaces for the library’s younger demographic. Installed in May 2012, the bike rack has the word “Imagine” in colored steel letters, echoing the theme of the library’s children’s section.

Speaker’s Series

More than 150 history fans of all ages enjoyed dramatic words from Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain during the launch of the ongoing Henderson Speaker’s Series. More programs are planned that reflect Frank Henderson’s many interests, including history, nature, eagles, tulips, travel, Boy Scouts, and remote control airplanes.  These programs were funded through a generous donation from the Frank Henderson family.

Community Library Network Foundation:

eBooks and Audio Books

We continue to focus on growing the eBook collection. Last year, 3,200 titles circulated more than 18,500 times, and with 6,500 holds placed over the same period, the library could use more titles.  Please join us with a contribution that promises to make a difference in people’s lives and in our communities.