GivingTuesday is Tuesday, December 1, and is an excellent opportunity for you to donate to your Library. While we do receive funding from the City of Johnson City and Washington County, your Library also depends on generous donors. Your financial gifts help us innovate and adapt our services, grow our collections, and renovate Library spaces. That’s why, as part of the worldwide GivingTuesday movement, we’re asking you to chip in any amount you can to the Library.
What is GivingTuesday?
GivingTuesday is a global day of generosity that encourages people to give to their communities. Created in 2012, GivingTuesday was originally a simple idea to encourage people to do good. Now it’s an annual international movement that inspires millions of people to give to causes and organizations on the first Tuesday in December.
At a time when we’re all experiencing the ripple effects of the pandemic, generosity toward our neighbors is more important than ever. GivingTuesday offers the opportunity to give to the communities and causes we care about in safe ways, providing a sense of social connection in these hard times.
Why give to your Library?
Your Library has been a vital part of Johnson City for more than a century, providing our community with free access to information and entertainment. Since March, we haven’t been able to be as close to you. But through curbside service and increased digital resources, we’ve been able to continue our mission of offering learning and entertainment opportunities. Learn more about how we’ve been adapting and connecting with our community.
Your donations bring tangible changes at the Library that everyone in the community can then enjoy. In 2021, we’re making some big updates that are possible because of donations from Library users, including: remodeling the children’s area; getting a new, mobile-friendly online catalog; and creating more private study rooms.
In response to the pandemic, we stopped charging most fines and fees in March. We’re happy to ease our users’ financial burdens in this way, but fines and fees have always been part of our revenue. This means that in 2020 the Library hasn’t collected as much money as it has in past years.
If you’re looking for a way to give back and support your community, please consider donating money to your Library on GivingTuesday (or at any time, really!). No gift is too small.
To learn more about what your Library is doing right now, visit our current services page. Follow Johnson City Public Library on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for daily updates on Library happenings.