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Leave A Legacy: A Message from the Resource Development Committee
As a lover of books and libraries, if you are interested in preserving our Library, a bequest to the Bradford Area Public Library Irrevocable Trust Fund could assure that the Library continues its role of providing resources to enrich lives, foster literacy, inspire intellectual curiosity and stimulate imagination.
The Bradford Area Public Library is building the future. Regardless of what technology lies ahead, the Library will continue to be the major source of information, education and entertainment for the entire community. The Library will help ensure that users can access the assets they need without regard to age, education, ethnicity, language, income, physical limitations or geographic barriers, as the digital world continues to evolve. The Library's mission has expanded to managing public access to the latest technology and serving growing numbers of patrons.
Library users today look to knowledgeable professionals to help them not only accurately research books, databases and periodicals; but also navigate government bureaucracy, apply for benefits, access social services and more; all online. With the Library usage on the increase in ways no one expected, let me explain why a bequest to the Bradford Area Public Library is so important.
Quite simply put, the Bradford Area Public Library's primary funding streams, primarily government sources, are shrinking more and more each year. The only way for the Library to maintain the budget it needs to operate is by increasing the library's trust accounts.
Here are a few facts to illustrate:
Even with government funding in place, the Library's flexibility to manage its operations is restricted by government regulations. For example, the Library is required to spend 12 percent of its yearly budget on materials. But materials expenditures do not include the hardware and software needed to meet customer demand for Internet resources, a demand that has increased exponentially. These necessary expenditures become, in effect, unfunded mandates.
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