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 twelfth 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 around 10,000 items from the library during the program.
Summer Reading Program - The Mead Public Library Foundation continued to support the Summer Reading Program with the purpose of keeping our local youth mentally active during the summer break.
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.
The Mead Public Library Foundation also approved the disbursement of funds for the following:
- $10,000 – Customer service desk on the second floor and the associated electrical work
- $8,000 - New shelving for the music collection
- $5,000 - Updated tablets and e-readers for patron checkout
- $5,000 - Makerspace furniture: Tables, chairs, storage cabinets, white board, LCD unit for projection