Donations to the Mead Public Library Foundation and Renaissance Society enhance the library’s facility, programs, collections and technology initiatives to benefit the community. Here are a few successes of the Foundation Board’s efforts:
Acuity Cool Picks – Acuity Charitable Foundation, Inc. for the eleventh year continued their sponsorship through a $7,500 donation to the Acuity Picks Summer Reading program that targets teen reading development and retention. Local teens checked out nearly 10,000 items from the library during the program.
Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival – The Foundation, as one of many sponsors, contributed $5,000 to the Festival which informs, educates, and entertains an estimated 9,400 people through the Mead Public Library, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Bookworm Gardens and author visits at schools.
Brainfuse Online Help Center – This free online homework help program can be accessed from a school, home, or library computer. This valuable program for teens and adults offers test preparation, homework help, writing assistance, mathematics assistance, computer skills, resume writing, and U.S. citizenship tests. The Brainfuse writing lab at Mead Public Library prompts teens to edit their assignments with a critical eye. Brainfuse was made possible through a donation to the Mead Public Library Foundation.
The Mead Public Library Foundation approved the disbursement of funds for the following:
- $25,000 – Customer service desk, CD and book display units, integrated power for laptop use in the new café area
- $20,000 – Mead Public Library website redesign, usability assessment, mobile responsiveness, and contemporary design developed by Library Solutions LLC
- $5,000 – Self-check wide screen monitor upgrade including enhancements such as promoting library services
- $8,000 – Children’s Services to recover and replace worn furniture and add new book displays
- $2,000 – To match funds from the Packers Foundation for a Digital Media Lab in the Maas Teen Learning Center. The funds will be used to purchase needed peripherals and software. The program provides a learning experience allowing teens and others to create and edit digital photography, music, video animation, and graphic design
- $7,000 – Replacement of two upholstered love seats, six upholstered chairs, and four puff-scroll lounge chairs reupholstered in the Maas Teen Learning Center
- $3,500 – Additional funding for Make it @ Mead to boost a $2,500 grant from the Kohler Foundation. This donation was applied toward programming supplies and additional hardware including a 3D printer. The 3D printer gives patrons the opportunity to create tangible objects such as buttons, cookie cutters, bottle caps and replacement parts