Councilwoman Schipske partners with local businesses to raise funds for local library branches
2010-03-22 · By Editor
April will be National Library Month and Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske is launching her district-based effort to raise funds for Ruth Bach and El Dorado branch libraries.
For the fourth year, Councilwoman Schipske will partner with local businesses to display a “Library Round-Up” container to be used in “rounding up” spare change. The change is collected and given to the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library for use at the two 5th District branch libraries.
“This is a great way to support our local libraries,” said Schipske. “Every nickel, dime and even pennies, are needed to buy books and other materials for our libraries in these time of decreased city resources.”
The 5th Council district branch libraries are the busiest in the city. In 2009. they served over 200,000 residents. This represents 13% of all customers served by the Long Beach Public Library system.
“We are grateful for every cent the community can spare because our libraries are a valuable and often used resource,” commented Jo Rae Zuckerman, President of the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library.
Businesses throughout the 5th District such as: El Dorado Restaurant, Once Read Books and the Postal Annex have been strong supporters for the past four years.
“The City budget is tight,” reminds Schipske. “We need to work together and do everything possible to maintain and update our books and materials in our libraries,” adds Schipske.
Businesses wishing to display a “Library Round-Up” collection box should contact the office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske at: 562 570.6932.