Give a Gift to the Free Library Fund this Holiday Season

By Jamie K. RSS Mon, December 23, 2019

So many people revel in the spirit of giving this time of year—from giving gifts to loved ones to giving back to their communities. The Free Library and all of our supporters get in the spirit of giving too. We raised $15,000 on Giving Tuesday, and we want to keep going! You can help us continue celebrating this holiday season with a gift to the Free Library Fund.

The Free Library had such an exciting year in 2019:

  • We offered 35,684 programs throughout our 54 neighborhood libraries.
  • We hosted over 4.9 million visits to our libraries and over 6 million more throughout online collections and resources on our website.
  • We mentored over 160,000 students through LEAP (Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program).
  • We welcomed 1,349 teens to 97 programs in the first two months after the Field Teen Center opened at Parkway Central Library (an 843% increase in attendance over the same months last year!).

And, with the support of generous Free Library Fund donors, we plan to do even more in 2020. We simply cannot wait!

Did you know that most Free Library programs that you have grown to love rely on private support? The City of Philadelphia provides for the operation of the Free Library’s facilities and infrastructure, but programs like our Author Events series, job-readiness trainings, special exhibitions, and culinary literacy classes are only possible with the support of generous people like you. A gift today means making a gift to the areas of greatest need at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s 54 neighborhood libraries and helping communities all throughout Philadelphia.

But that’s not all. Our Board of Directors has offered to match every gift to the Free Library Fund until December 31, up to $200,000! That means when you give today to the Free Library Fund, your gift has DOUBLE the impact!

Two meals for the price of one? Great deal!
BOGO shopping sale? We’re there!
Ever purchase a snack from the vending machine and two treats fall out? Best day ever!

That’s the effect of a gift to the Free Library Fund made before the end of the year. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by—a gift to the Free Library that goes twice as far is too good to resist.

Gifts to the Free Library Fund touch the lives of millions of Philadelphians every year. Be sure to donate by December 31, and you’ll give twice the goodwill and cheer this holiday season!


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