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West Palm Beach Library Foundation

"I think the health of our civilization... and our concern for the future,
can all be tested by how well we support our libraries."
- Carl Sagan

Storytime in the Garden Brings Library Programs to Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens


We just concluded an amazing partnership program with the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens (ANSG) that showcased the impact of your support in our community.  As part of our outreach efforts and our vision to create an inspired community, the Library Foundation organized a collaboration between the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach and the ANSG to present "Storytime in the Garden" each Friday in November.
 
We had a wonderful turnout of families each week for this unique outdoor storytime that engaged children in one of WPB's historic and culture attractions. Children's Librarians read books to children in this beautiful tropical garden and provided arts and crafts activities or other hands-on experiences. Guests were also able to tour the garden and experience the historic home, monumental garden sculptures, and two-acre tropical garden sanctuary...all for FREE!
 
Our Executive Director, Tami Lesser, also attended one of the events and was moved to observe firsthand how Foundation funding helps so many in our community. We were proud to bring these wonderful community-minded organizations together and look forward to continuing this partnership with more community outreach programming in the future.
THANK YOU


 

Thank you to everyone who supported the Library Foundation during #GivingTuesday this year.  Your donations will go towards free gift books for children and teens for the 2020 Summer Reading Program at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach.  The books are a reward for keeping up with their summer reading to help foster a love of reading and encourage children and teens to create a personal home library.

Your generous contributions will provide 322 gift books.   ​
Our goal is to raise enough funds to provide 5000 gift books before the start of the Summer Reading Program in June.

If you missed our #GivingTuesday drive, you can continue to donate HERE.  

We Continue to Build Partnerships

(Josephine duPont Bayard, Vicky Jackson, Debbie Calabria, Chris Murray, and Tami Lesser)
 
We recently gave a tour of the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach to members of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, (Vicky Jackson, Grants Manager, and Debbie Calabria, Director of Membership and Special Events) showcasing this wonderful community center of creativity, learning and inspiration that serves thousands of people each day. As part of our community outreach efforts, we discussed philanthropic support for the wide array of free quality programs and services including arts, culture, education, literacy, technology, job training, health classes and more that enrich and strengthen our diverse community.
Golf Lovers Can Guess Birdies for Dollars 


Just make a donation of $20 or more to our charity page on the American Honda Birdies for Children website and then guess the total number of birdies that will be made by the entire field in the four rounds of the 2020 Honda Classic golf tournament.  To help you along, they provide you with the total number of birdies made in each of the last ten tournaments.  110% of your donation will benefit the WPBLF.
 
Donate here to benefit the WPBLF and make your best birdies guess:

The last day to pledge is Wednesday, February 26th at 9:00 PM.

 

Board Member Spotlight

Dianne Bernstein, Vice Chair
I am a passionate believer in the value of a free public library to the community. Utilizing my prior institutional experiences allows me to help develop ongoing fundraising capabilities for the Mandel Public Library. 

Dianne received a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in English Literature from Temple University in Philadelphia.  She enjoyed a professional career as an English teacher, broadcast news analyst, and public relations specialist and is passionate about using her skills to help the Library Foundation.

Dianne served on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Free Library System and the Philadelphia Library Foundation Board of Directors.  She founded the Temple University School of Business Graduate Placement Program and currently serves as Chair of the Southeast Regional AFMDA advisory committee.

Dianne is also a painter who has exhibited her work in shows and galleries in New York and Florida.

Remembering Barbara Mandel

We are saddened to share that Barbara Mandel, an incredibly generous and dedicated philanthropist passed away on Thursday, November 21, 2019, soon after her beloved husband Morton Mandel passed away, our library's namesake. 
 
The Foundation is forever grateful to Barbara and Morton for their generous investment in the Mandel Public Library and for all they have done to make this world a better place. Their visionary support for our public library has changed thousands of lives and will continue to shape our community for generations. Together they have left a beautiful legacy.  Read more about her life HERE.

Your Investment Makes A Difference

STUDIO 411

Studio 411 is a comprehensive studio space for the library's popular range of arts programs, where  artistic adults can create, explore, and learn about a variety of arts and crafts from painting, drawing and sculpture to crocheting, soap-making and even jewelry-making...with all supplies included!  This studio provides so many adults in our community an outlet to be creative, develop their talents, and learn from local artists.
 
Arts programming at the Mandel Public Library is funded by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation supported by YOUR generous donations.
When School is Out, the Library is On Duty
During many school breaks and holidays including the upcoming Winter Break, Spring Break and even on Teacher Workdays, the Mandel Public Library is primed to help families keep children and teens engaged.  The Children and Teen Librarians prepare special activities, games, and classes specifically designed to educate and entertain each age group…while having fun!    

SAVE THE DATE

Saturday, April 4, 2020
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Stay tuned for Table Host Announcements.

Notable authors and personalities will lead stimulating table discussions on a variety of topics during this one-of-a-kind evening at the Mandel Public Library. 
Learn from these experts, pose questions, or just make new friends.

All funds raised benefit the free community programs, services and resources at the 
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. 
 
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Visit our website or call 561-868-7715 for details.
Your investment makes a significant difference for thousands of people each day.
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