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VPL Summer 2003 Newsletter

New Hours: Monday and Thursday 9-7, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9-5

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Virginia Foundation Library Fund

The Friends of the Virginia Public Library have established a permanent endowment fund for the Library within the Virginia Foundation. A generous donation from the estate of Leona GIfford helped make this endowment fund possible. Max a tax deductible contribution to the Library and it will be put into the Library Fund to be used on capital items, materials and programs. For more information or to make a donation, contact Linda Niskanen at the Virginia Foundation, 749-8239.

Book Bags for Sale

The Friends of the Library will be selling book bags to raise money for the library fund. These flat bottom style tote bags have an imprint of the Virginia Public Library logo on the outside pocket between the handles on one side. The bags are available for $10.00 each.

Annual Book Sale

The annual Friends of the Library Book Sale will be September 17, 18, and 19 in the Library Auditorium. Look for more opportunities to support the Library Fund throughout the year.

Cell Phone Recycling

The library is currently collecting laser and inkjet cartridges. These empty laser and inkjet cartridges are found in printers, fax machines, and copy machines. We are also collecting old and out-of-services cell phones. We will recycle these items through the Funding Factory to earn money for our materials collection. Please help us by donating your empty cartridges and cell phones.

What is Your Library Worth?

The Virginia Public Library provides a wide variety of services and materials to the citizens of Virginia and area residents. 202,342 items were loaned out at the Virginia Public Library in 2002. If borrowers had to purchase the materials or services provided by the library in the fiscal year 2002, the retail cost would be well over $5,329,180.00

81,036 Fiction books were borrowed worth $2,025,900.00 at $25 per item.

47,944 Non-fiction book were borrowed worth $1,678,040.00 at $35 per item.

965 Books on CD were borrowed, worth $96,500 at $100 per item.

7,914 Books on Cassette were borrowed, worth $633,120.00 at $80 per item.

44,781 Videos and DVD's were borrowed, worth $895,620.00 at $20.00 per item.

Adopt-A-Book/Media Item

The Virginia Public Library book budget for 2003 is 50% less than it was in 2002 due to state and local budget cuts. You can help us in this time of need in one of several ways. Join our new Adopt-A-Book program. Choose from a pre-selected list of items the library would like to own. but cannot afford. This list is available at the reference desk. Participation in Adopt-A-Book is $15 per book or music CD and $20 per movie. The VPL has placed a separate wish list on To donate from this list, go to our website at, select Adopt-A-Book from the menu on the left and click under Wish List. If you can't decide on a title, you may still contribute and we'll select one for you. Forms are available in the Library or you can print one off our web site on the Adopt-A-Book page. Once your selection arrives, you'll be the first one to take it home. These programs also provide an opportunity to honor individuals, family members or friends with a commemorative bookplate. We would like to include your name on a published sponsor list unless you wish to remain anonymous. You'll also be eligible for a charitable tax receipt. Please see our web site or speak with our reference librarian for more information.

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