Alachua County Library District Foundation, Inc.

401 E. University Ave.
Gainesville, Florida 32601




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Katherine's Tree is a ten foot high "donor tree" located at the Headquarters Library in downtown Gainesville.  It embodies Giving and Sharing.

The Tree is an etched-glass rendition of the Tree of Knowledge surrounded by an impressive oak frame and base.

Each leaf on Katherine's Tree represents an endowment gift of $2,000 or more.  Gifts may be for variety of reasons: to honor or memorialize persons, to commemorate birthdays, anniversaries, or other special occasions.


photo: ACLD, S. Sterling, with permission

Katherine's Tree is named for Katherine Ann Tubb (1976 - 1991), a young woman who, during her brief life, was an avid reader and library user.  Katherine Ann Tubb was the daughter of Gainesville residents, George and Marilyn Tubb.  The Friends of the Library erected the Tree in 1995, and continues to place leaves on it to honor or remember its members for their work on behalf of the library.  Other leaves honor ACLD Staff, or ACLD Directors upon their retirement.  The Kosman Foundation has funded the annual Guy Hudspeth Library Award, named for the Archer Branch Library Manager, to recognize outstanding service by a staff members.  Many individuals in the community have also given leaves.

There are many benefits of giving, both tangible and intangible, including:

Publicly displaying your own and/or honoree's support for the ACLD.


Tax deductions.


Reduction (or elimination of) capital gains taxes.


Investment in the long-term stability of the library.


Satisfaction of helping future generations of Alachua County citizens.

Recent gifts to Katherine's Tree were made in memory of Rebecca "Becky" Smith by Barbara Scott, in honor of Arthur and Barbara Smith Scott by Barbara Scott, in honor of Eve Ackerman by Howard Rosenblatt, in honor of Nelda Weigel Dickison by Sheila Dickison, in honor of Ann H. King by Roy W. King, and in honor of John Harrell Quinn by the Quinn Family Charitable Foundation, Inc., Haillee and Ted McFetridge.   The Guy Hudspeth Library Award sponsored by the Kosman Foundation was given in 2012 to honor Darba Owens-Simmons, Specialist at the Library Partnership, and in 2013 to honor Bruce Stewart, Manager of the Waldo Branch Library.  During 2012, the Friends of the Library made gifts in honor of Jane Cotton, Esther Nordlie, and Jim & Gert Desjardin.

Click here or use the link above at the left – Legacy Campaign Form – to make a gift.