This year the Meadville community celebrates 200 years of public library service. The first public library in Meadville, established in 1812, contained 150 volumes – the standard works of the time in history, biography and travel, but by policy, no fiction. At that time, America was at war with Great Britain, James Madison was our 4th President, and Louisiana became the nation’s 18th state.
Through World Wars, the Great Depression, and severe funding cuts, we have persevered for 200 years to provide the best possible library service to area citizens. Faced with increased demand, rising costs and unprecedented state funding cuts totaling 35% over the past four years, we depend on donations to the library’s Annual Patrons Drive to help maintain an up-to-date collection for the thousands of residents of all ages who rely on our services.
Today the Meadville Public Library is a vital community resource that serves an average of 600 people per day. We provide free access to a collection of more than 100,000 items for all ages including books, recorded books, DVDs, magazines and music CDs. In the past year alone, circulation of picture books for our next generation of readers has topped 41,000.
Please consider a gift to the Meadville Public Library’s 45th Annual Patrons Drive. Your donation will benefit the community by enabling us to enhance our services and expand our collection for future generations. Let’s look forward to another 200 years! Your support is greatly appreciated.
Kenneth A. Lindberg
P.S. All donations will be used to purchase new materials for the library collection.
Please complete this form and include it with your donation: Patrons Drive Form