Over the last 20 years, the Wilsonville Public Library Foundation has invested $100,000 in Wilsonville Library programs that encourage youth literacy, scientific exploration and learning for all ages.
To celebrate the Foundation's extensive contributions and raise more money, the Wilsonville Library is hosting the third annual "A Toast to Imagination" fundraising event 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. A single ticket costs $50 while a pair of tickets costs $95. For more information, visit the Foundation's website: http://www.wplf.org/. You can also donate to the Foundation on the website.
The event will feature wine tasting from six Pacific Northwest wineries: Carabella Vineyard, Lenne Estate, Owen Roe, Sineann Winery, Tumwater Vineyard and Twill Cellars. It will also include raffles with baskets of wine, books, gift certificates and more. There will also be appetizers, the presentation of a large donation to the Foundation and a speech from Library Foundation Board President Caroline Berry.
"We are so pleased to see the efforts and tradition of the Library Foundation continue for 20 years. The philanthropic work shown through this organization truly changes lives. One book in the hands of a child can spark a lifetime of learning. But — the library offers so much more than books," Berry said in a press release. "It's an experience. It builds community. It can provide meaningful supports, whether you're looking for a job, or a friend — the library is a staple in the community. It makes us thrive, and we couldn't be more proud of the ripple effects our investments in the
library have on the city as a whole."
The Foundation was created in 1998 and raised about $250,000 for the library's expansion project. Since then, it has supported the proliferation of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Wilsonville, helping send over 46,000 books to 1,700 Wilsonville children under the age of 5. It also helped support Wilsonville Library programs such as Science Adventure, Heritage Collection, School Family Night and History
"I think what it (the Wilsonville Library) does is provide lifelong learning for the community with an emphasis on early learning for children," Library Foundation Board member Susan Hanson said. "Being read to in the home is a great start to their education and lifelong learning. Wilsonville has a great library and excellent staff. They do a lot of programming that benefits all ages in the community."