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Whittier Public Library Foundation
A great public library is not possible through public funding alone.
The Whittier Public Library Foundation is a public nonprofit organization formed in 1998 to support both the Whittier Public Library and the Whittwood Branch Library.
The purpose of the Whittier Public Library Foundation is to help secure and maintain the funding required for the Whittier Public Library to realize its mission. It seeks to do that through private and public fundraising and to serve as a conduit between the Library and the changing needs of a diverse community.
- To seek community input on its vision for public library services.
- To collect and study current data about comparable public libraries in California and to review trends for public library services in the future.
- To use the community vision and other collected data to propose a plan for public library service given changing social, technological and financial environments.
- To develop a Master Plan in cooperation with the Library Board of Trustees to improve public library service.
- To educate the community about the needs of the Library and the Library Foundation's goals.
- To conduct a financial assessment for funding the library.
- To enlist financial support for the library through public and private fundraising.
The WPL Foundation supports ongoing educational and cultural programs for the library, which annually attract more than 39,000 children, teens, and adults. These
Foundation President Ellie Bewley
introduces authors Denise Hamilton
and John Buntin for a panel
discussion of Los Angeles noir.
Author Nicole Mones describes
various Chinese delicacies
- Annual Whittier READS
- Author and Speaker series
- Annual Summer Reading Program
Norm Kirschenbaum, President
Doris Huxtable, Vice-President
Sue Settlage, Vice-President Fundraising
Ray Schmidt, Treasurer
Elaine Allen, Secretary
Margaret Martyn, Friends of the Library Representative
Sandra Alarcon Lopez
Ruth B. Shannon
Rose Mary Yetter
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