Alachua County Library District Foundation, Inc.

401 E. University Ave.
Gainesville, Florida 32601




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Special events heighten community awareness of the Foundation and its purpose and goals. The Foundation holds its own events and sometimes participates in other community events.

The Foundation’s Annual Meeting 2018

Chair Bill Burger welcomed some 65 Foundation Associates, Board Members, guests, Trustees, elected officials, and members of the Library staff to the Foundation’s Annual Meeting held at Headquarters Library on Sunday, September 23, 2018.

Guest speaker Dr. Peggy MacDonald, Executive Director of the Matheson Historical Museum, addressed the topic, “A History of Citrus in Alachua County.” The table decorations were books related to the history of Alachua County and more broadly of Florida.

ACLD Director Shaney Livingston provided her overview of District accomplishments over the past year and plans for the future. She also thanked the Foundation for its continued supporting contributions to SnuggleUp Centers and Teen Areas at branch libraries. Director Livingston then recognized Facilities/Safety Services Administrator Dan Whitcraft for his outstanding work on behalf of the Library District. Bill Burger next presented a Special Recognition Award to Jean Trammel and Carol Higman of the Ehrhart Family Foundation for their long-term financial support of the ACLD Foundation.

Treasurer Brian Gendreau presented the annual financial report and the 2018-2019 budget, which the members then approved by a voice vote. Mary White recognized the new Associates, and then Jeanne Davis led the election of Officers and new Board of Directors members, which resulted in the unanimous acceptance of those nominated. Maggie MacDonald was re-elected to a second two-year term as Secretary and Jon Reiskind for a one-year term as Vice Chair, while Joanne Auth, Jeanne Davis, Pushpa Kalra, Jon Reiskind, and Barbara Scott were re-elected to three-year terms on the Board. Chair Bill Burger and Treasurer Brian Gendreau each have one remaining year to serve as officers of the Foundation.



2018 Annual Katherine’s Tree Award Ceremony

On Sunday, March 11, the Foundation held its fourth annual ceremony to recognize the previous year’s Katherine’s Tree leaf recipients.  Erin Phemester, Senior Library Manager of the Youth Services Department, was the 2017 recipient of the annual Guy Hudspeth Award, joining the nine previous award winners: Guy Hudspeth (2007), for whom the award is named, Memree Stuart (2008), Martha Roberts (2009), Phillis Filer (2010), Ike Welch (2011), Darba Owens-Simmons (2012), Bruce Stewart (2013), Anita Jenkins-McCarter (2014), Kathi Harris (2015), Melanie Langsdale Aultman (2016).

Other honorees who received leaves on Katherine’s Tree included Tom and Mary Evans and Bill Watson sponsored by the Friends of the Library (FOL) for their outstanding volunteer work with FOL book sales. 
Dr. Heather Harrell gave a leaf in memory of her grandmother, Martha Whitehead, and Bill Watson also contributed a leaf in memory of his mother, Georgia B. Watson.  Ken Wagener received a leaf in honor of his 71st birthday, and Rob and Carol Ann Oglesby had a leaf placed on the tree to reflect their support of the library.
Each leaf on the tree represents a gift of $2,000 to the Alachua County Library District Foundation to help advance its support of the Library.

Non-Event Galas

Supporting the ACLD Foundation's "Non-Event Galas" allows us to put all donations toward building our library endowment fund.
2012 -- CHARLES DICKENS' 200th Birthday -- "Noted author Charles Dickens is the featured Guest ... However, for reasons beyond the Foundation’s control, Mr. Dickens will not be appearing live and in person for the 2012 Gala.  But the ACLD Foundation won’t let that stop them!  In honor of Mr. Dickens' 200th Birthday, the ACLD Foundation is celebrating with a 'non-event' ... Donors will be asked to think back to the first Dickens story they experienced:  A Tale of Two CitiesGreat ExpectationsA Christmas CarolOliver Twist?  Perhaps it was a copy checked out from a public library, lovingly worn and handled by countless readers ..."
2013 -- JANE AUSTEN -- Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice -- "If the author could join us for our Gala there would be rout cakes and gingerbread, bread and butter and jam tarts ... Alas, Miss Austen cannot join us at our Gala in person, but you can brew yourself a cup of fine tea and relax in the comfort of your own home with a good book.  We know you would fit in with our non-event because as Jane said, 'My idea of good company is the company of clever well-informed people who have a good deal of conversation.'"
2014 -- PATRICK O'BRIAN'S 100th Birthday -- "You will be piped aboard our (non-existent) frigate, the Foundation, where, if this were a real event, you would have an evening of merriment featuring:
  • Sailors singing 'Sally in our Alley,' 'Nancy Dawson,' and 'Spanish Ladies'
  • Demonstrations of gunnery
  • Musical entertainment during supper to include performances Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F Major
  • And, circumstances permitting, a trepanning performed by the noted physician, Dr. Maturin"