Capital Campaign for the new Talent Library

How We Did

As of 2006, we raised a third of a million dollars for the new Talent Library.

In September 2005 our Harvest Festival booksale and our U-Pick Raffle of 20 great items donated by local businesses netted $1225.

In May 2005 the Meyer Memorial Trust awarded a grant of $68,796 to increase the size of the Children's Area in the new Library. Their generosity will be felt by Talent's young readers and their parents for years to come. Thank you so much!

In February 2005 we received approval of a grant of $70,000 from The Ford Family Foundation of Roseburg to increase the size and capacity of the Community Meeting Room. Our thanks to their staff and Board for this generous support. The larger room will mean a great deal to our town.

In December 2004 we received a grant of $8,000 from the Gordon Elwood Foundation of Medford to increase the size of the Study Room in the new Library. Thank you Kathy Bryon and members of the Elwood board.

December 2004 fundraising events brought in $540.

We receive small but important gifts every day from many unsung heroes who deeply care about their library -- children who proudly put a precious dollar or two into the donation jar; adult patrons who faithfully empty their pocket change on each and every visit to the library; shoppers at Tark's Market who place their savings stamps on the library's board. Thank you for showing your support!

In October 2004 we received a grant of $14,400 from the Carpenter Foundation of Medford to increase the size of the Teen Area in the new Library. Thanks to all who worked hard to make that grant happen!

In September 2004 we had two great events. The Talent Harvest Festival Book Sale netted $760 -- our best ever!

The "Dare to Dream" Raffle provided terrific prizes to 16 lucky winners and added $1370 to our Capital Campaign. Many thanks to the local businesses who donated such great prizes and to the hundreds of people who purchased tickets!

In August 2004 the Lemonade Fundraiser was a big success, earning $1465! Sincere thanks to home-schoolers Riley and Noah Price, their parents Garry and Jane, Shop 'N' Kart and TARKS markets, and to the area ceramic artists who donated over 200 beautiful, hand-crafted cups for this event.

The event was covered by three Medford TV stations. It received front-page coverage on the Ashland Daily Tidings and on the editorial page -- and was also covered by Southern Oregon (Click on the links to read the stories.)

From July to October 2004 the Friends wrote eight grant requests to foundations to raise additional funds for the new Library. It may take months before we know the results, but you can help the outcome right now if you donate now. Foundations prefer to give to capital campaigns that have strong community support. Your gift will make a difference!

In July 2004 we received a grant of $75,000 from Talent's Urban Renewal Agency to increase the size of the new Library. Thank you Marla Cates and members of the board!

In May 2004 our Book Sale earned $595.

In April 2004 we kicked off a major campaign for private donations with a front-page article in the Ashland Daily Tidings announcing a $10,000 gift by Dr. Philip Bradley in memory of his wife Rosemary. (Read the article.)

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