Thank you, thank you, thank you!

As we’ve done the past two summers, we hosted a fundraising/reading summer challenge--every hour read equals a dollar for the building fund. Except this year was our boldest challenge yet–25,000 hours for $25,000 in just 8 weeks. How’d we do?!

We ended up meeting our goal around 1:30 pm on July 29, the last day of the challenge–I may have been obsessively refreshing the count on Beanstack–and topped out with a total of 26,630 hours. In years past, we’ve done over 15,000 and just under 20,000 in the same time span.

The resulting $25K donation we received for the successful summer challenge has helped push us to $1.3 million earned, over 50% of our goal. That’s over $1.3 million raised in just 17 months.

We are so humbled and appreciative of the support the community has always shown us anytime we’ve launched a challenge. And not just our community–because we have donors and readers across the country.

We could not have raised this money without you, but now is not the time to be complacent because we still have to raise basically the same amount we’ve already raised to allow us to build the new library.

How can you continue to help?

Well, of course donations are always welcome. 😊 But also join the Friends and volunteer with them, follow the library’s and the Friends’ social media accounts to stay up to date with the latest news, and share our posts to help us spread the word.

Also, if you, your family, your business, or your civic organization is interested in sponsoring a matching challenge (we’ve done reading, viewing, and donating ones in the past, all very successful–over $130,000 raised this way) or even just making a sizable donation to the building fund, please let us know.

We’re all in this together.

Author: berryvillelibrary

"Our library, our future"

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