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EveryLibrary Challenge

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of EveryLibrary, I am reprising the challenge grant I made for EveryLibrary back in 2012. Spend my money to double your donation celebrating ten years of EveryLibrary support for local libraries, librarians, library workers, and library patrons in the United States.

Ten years ago, at the end of the ALA Annual conference in Las Vegas, my friend John Chrastka was enthusing about this idea he had: a Library-focused national political action committee for libraries dedicated to building voter support for libraries.

When John mentioned startup costs, I was so energized by his vision and goals that I offered a fund-matching challenge. That $1,000 challenge helped advance the creation and cause of EveryLibrary; John and a growing number of library people who are putting in the work have made a difference in so many local communities across the U.S.

Along the way, the EveryLibrary concept expanded from a 501(c)4 supporting political action to include an educational 501(c)3 organization, the EveryLibrary Institute, which conducts research, writes and publishes, and organizes events focused on public, academic, and school libraries in the United States.

Over the last decade, donations to EveryLibrary have helped numerous libraries run local campaigns to maintain and build community library support and financial sustainability. That initial challenge was literally the best $1,000 I have ever spent for libraries. (even better than all my overdue fines over the years)

Thank you for considering a 10th Anniversary gift to EveryLibrary. Click here to donate and I’ll double your gift! (Donate early, I’ll be matching the first $1,000 in donations given)