The private funding thermometer rose by $4,920 in February, bringing the total to $15,225, or 12.7 percent of the 2023 goal.

Nearly half of last month’s bump came from Tee Time sponsors and annual fund contributions. The rest comprised $1,000 in gifts (general donations and donation box), $800 in Book Nook sales, and roughly $850 in cash receipts (printing/copying, room rentals, damaged items, etc.).

While private funding has traditionally been strongest in the fourth quarter, extra efforts by the EPL board and Friends in the spring are aimed at easing some of the pressure at the end of the year.

You can help give the thermometer a big boost in the coming months by taking part in these upcoming events:

  • Tee Time at the Library: Get your tickets now and welcome spring with a Friday adults-only evening March 24 or a Saturday event with family and friends March 25! Not only will you have fun rising to the challenge of mini-golf in the stacks, but you’ll also be supporting the library and the sponsors who have given generously to make this event possible.
  • Friends’ jewelry fundraiser: Gather up your outdated, broken, or unwanted jewelry (old or new) and drop it in the special secure container at the library by the end of the month.
  • Friends’ 23rd Annual Spring Used Book Sale: Shop the members-only preview night April 21 (6-8 p.m.; join at the door for $10), or shop April 22 (8 a.m.-1:45 p.m.) and stick around for the $5 brown-bag blowout from 2-2:45 p.m. (recyclable grocery bags okay).
  • Bus trip to Morgan Library and Museum: Join the Friends May 11 for a day in New York City that includes a guided tour of the awe-inspiring historic site and garden, as well as time on your own for lunch and sightseeing. The bus is filling up, so save your seat soon.