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January - March 2014     VOLUME 18 ISSUE 1
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Introducing the Library Foundation of Lake County

Barbara Perry

It is no secret that libraries are the heart of our communities. Patrons depend on their local library for internet access, for career resources and for continued development opportunities that include books, classes and networking. The Lake County Library System has done a wonderful job of proactively providing these services.

Moving forward the Library System has a new opportunity to build on these technical strengths and become local hubs for innovation, creativity and collaboration. This transition will take advocacy, funding and a vision for the future. Enter the Library Foundation of Lake County, Inc. The Foundation is made up of community members who share a passion for the library and for the future of our community. Chartered in December of 2013, the Foundation is made up of a diverse group who share a vision for the libraries of the future.

Mike Levine, Chairman of the Foundation, sees libraries as a central hub for continued learning. It is his vision that libraries will introduce best practice curriculum and technologies that will improve the quality of life for our local residents. In return, local economic development will reap the benefits of a community that is highly trained and ready to excel.

The Foundation is currently working on its application for approval as a 501( c) 3 as well as formulating plans for fundraising ad advocacy initiatives. The Foundation Board includes: Mike Levine, Century 21- Word Properties; Catherine Hanson, Catherine Hanson Realty, Lori Baker, Be-Creative, Inc.; Judy Snell, United Southern Bank; Jim Miller, Tom Grizzard Realtors; Sandy Cagan, Cagan Management Group; Julia, Law, P.A, ; Paul Alford, Lake County Library Services.