Henderson Libraries Foundation launches the Grand Challenge

Program allows anyone to raise money; goal is to raise $1,000 per team in 30 days

HENDERSON, Nev.The Henderson Libraries Foundation’s $1 for a Million campaign is a few months old and has already raised more than $39,000, but there is a long road to go before the $1 million goal is reached. In response to this, the Foundation has launched the Grand Challenge beginning Oct. 1.

In response to the popular patron question, “How can I help?,” the Grand Challenge allows residents who support the libraries to do so using their own talents. Teams of friends, co-workers or family members can create phone trees or items to sell or conduct community projects — to name a few ideas. Creativity is welcomed and the only limit is the teams’ imaginations. The challenge is an open one with one goal – each team raises at least $1,000 in 30 days.

The Henderson Library District has lost $2.5 million in revenue, which leaves a large gap in the budget used to purchase books and materials such as books, magazines, newspapers, Cds, DVDs, e-books and more used every day by patrons. The $1 for a Million campaign is meant to supplement that loss by raising $1 million from April 2011 to April 2012.

“The Grand Challenge helps the Henderson Libraries Foundation reach the goal of the $1 for a Million campaign and improve the quality of service we provide our patrons at all of our locations,” said Tom Fay, executive director for Henderson Libraries. “We have the best patrons, and they are consistently asking what they can do. The Grand Challenge allows them to do what they can, using what they have. It’s truly a community effort.”

Established in 1943 as a single library in Downtown Henderson, Henderson Libraries operates six 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 forNevada’s residents.

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

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