Friends of Henderson Libraries donates $136,000 to libraries

Henderson Libraries to use donated funds to purchase library materials

HENDERSON, Nev. – The Friends of Henderson Libraries, a non-profit fundraising organization, presented Henderson Libraries with a check for $136,000 at the district’s July 17 board meeting. The funds were raised through book sales, in the library and on Amazon.com, and will be used to purchase library materials for public use.

“This donation, which represents hundreds – if not thousands – of hours of volunteer work, is extremely meaningful for us,” said Angela Thornton, executive director for Henderson Libraries. “As we continue to operate with limited resources, the Friends’ efforts play a significant role in allowing us to continue our mission of cultivating a literate community.”

Since 2008, the Friends of the Henderson Libraries have operated their store on Amazon.com, where customers from all over the world purchase used books, audio books and DVDs. Operated by volunteers, all the money goes directly back to Henderson Libraries. Although the online store is operated out of the Paseo Verde Library, the funds raised benefit all four branches.

Books to sell in the Amazon.com store are carefully chosen from hundreds donated to the libraries every year. Many of the donations are sold in the libraries’ used book sales, but special books and other items are saved to garner a higher price online. They can be cookbooks, text books, collectors’ items and discarded library books as well as DVDs and special collections.

The Friends of Henderson Libraries has financially and publicly supported the programs and collections of the Henderson Libraries through charitable and educational activities since 1999. The Friends was reestablished as a 501(c)(3) organization in February 2000. Fundraising, volunteerism and advocacy are the primary focus points of the group’s efforts. For more information, visit the Friends’ website at hdplfriends.org.

The Friends of Henderson Libraries meets at 10 a.m. monthly on the fourth Tuesday at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway, near the 215 Beltway in Henderson.

For a list of monthly book sales, visit the Friends of Henderson Libraries’ website at hdplfriends.org or Henderson Libraries’ website at mypubliclibrary.com.

Established in 1943 as a single library in Downtown Henderson, Henderson Libraries operates four locations throughout Henderson. Henderson Libraries cooperates with other public libraries in Southern Nevada, the Nevada System of Higher Education, the Clark County School District and all other libraries around the state to provide quality service for Nevada’s residents.

For additional information on Henderson Libraries, visit www.mypubliclibrary.com or call 702-492-6581.

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