Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - February 23, 2016
February 23, 2016 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #6

The Library Foundation Donation


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Cheri Coryea, Neighborhood Services Department Director, X3468
Ava Ehde, Manatee County Library Services Manager, X6301
Jane Plitt, The Library Foundation, Past President
Sherry Oehler, The Library Foundation, Current President

Action Requested

Acceptance of a $161,000 donation from the Library Foundation for the Countywide Manatee County Lifelong Learner Administration Program.

Adoption of Resolution B-16-039 to increase the revenues and expenditures for this program.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
11.1.4 Efficiency in Service Delivery

Background Discussion

Presentation of a $161,000 donation by Jane Plitt, Past President  and Sherry Oehler, Current President of the Library Foundation, to Chairman Vanessa Baugh and to Ava Ehde, Library Services Manager for year one of a two year grant.

On January 19, 2016, a fundraiser featuring authors Stephen King and John Grisham was held at the Neel Auditorium on the Campus of State College of Florida. Over 800 tickets were sold, with over $215,000  realized for the event. The event was held to support the mission of the Foundation which is to supplement the programs of the Manatee County Library System and to address Literacy gaps in the community.

Neighborhood Services Department staff proposed a new two year grant called Lifelong Learner Administration Program to the Library Foundation, utilizing the proceeds from the fundraising event. The Lifelong Learner Program supports the local Campaign for Grade Level Reading Initiative and aligns with the Library Summer Slide program offerings for youth literacy and year round parent training.

The Board will formally accept the first year grant installment of $161,000 donation for the Program, presented by members of the Library Foundation.  The year two commitment voted on by the Library Foundation was for $120,000. 

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Signed copy of Resolution B-16-039 to budget@mymanatee.org, Debbie.carpenter@mymanatee.org, and lori.stephens@manateeclerk.com

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
$161,000; Rev. 160.0005403.366017; Exp. 160.0005403.5xxxxx; Lifelong Learning Program

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  B-16-039.pdf