"Thank you for your MOST IMPORTANT book!"
Marilyn Johnson, Author, This Book Is Overdue!
(Capitalization by Marilyn Johnson)

Library Funding Success Stories, Best Practices, Expert Advice, and Innovative Ideas
From 50+ Library Experts

This Book Can Help Your Public Library Survive Now
And Develop Sustainable Funding for the Future.

See review from The Voice for America's Libraries.

Saving Our Public Libraries empowers libraries and library supporters by bringing together more than 100 proven, successful ways to get more operational funding for libraries, the kind of funding that can keep your public library's doors open.

It includes funding success stories, best practices, expert advice, and innovative ideas from more than 50 library experts across the U.S. Some success stories are based on traditional fundraising methods, often taken to a new level, like book sales that raise $1 million annually. Many successes come from extremely innovative ideas, e.g., 7 libraries in Ohio earn $8,000-$9,000 per week by being passport-application acceptance centers.

The information in this book has never been brought together before, and much of it has never even been published before. Most of the ideas in the book are now being carried out successfully at one or more public libraries in the U.S. and can be replicated at others.

The book also provides a basic understanding of how public library funding works in the U.S. today. And 21 reasons why we should all support our public libraries.

Below are the Table of Contents and a list of the library experts and others interviewed for Saving Our Public Libraries. Most of the those interviewed are quoted extensively in the book.

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Saving Our Public Libraries

Income Opportunity for Public Libraries
Any public library can link to this site and receive $2.50 for each copy of Saving Our Public Libraries that is purchased through the library's link. Once the link is on the library site, there is no work involved for the library. As soon as jai receives an order through a library's link, she ships the book. Payment to the library is made annually in December or after 20 books are purchased through a library's link, whichever comes first. If your local library is interested, have them contact jai@vision-and-values.com to receive a link.

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janet jai is a professional author/journalist/speaker. Her firm, Vision and Values, is dedicated to "Communications That Make a Difference." jai was an invited speaker at the Ohio Library Council Convention, the West Virginia Library Association Annual Conference, and the Allegheny County (PA) Library Association. She has also spoken about "21st Century Library Funding Solutions" internationally as part of the Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference.

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Book Reviews, Feedback, and Media Coverage

Library-Funding Talks and Workshops


Library Door (a poem)
The Why of This Book
The How of This Book
My Best Advice to Libraries
People Interviewed for This Book

Accurately Defining Libraries
Types of Public Libraries: Urban, Suburban, & Rural, Plus a Mini Library Overview
What Libraries Are Like Today including What You Can Check Out (You’ll Be Surprised!)
Who Uses Public Libraries Today?
Trustworthy Information, Caring Interactions: Why Librarians Are Still Invaluable
The Importance of Community, Neighborhood, Branch Libraries
The Myth about Libraries
The Future of Libraries
21 Reasons Why We Should Support Our Libraries

Operational Funding
The Short-Term Why of Library Funding Problems
The Long-Term Why of Library Funding Problems
Government Funding for Public Libraries: Local, State, and Federal
Typical Library Budgets
Public “Vs.” Private Operational Funding
Success Stories and the Best Thinking about Funding Public Libraries in the U.S.
Successes In Public Funding
More Public Funding Ideas
A Seat at the Table: Reaching Decision-Makers
Changing the Playing Field
How To Succeed in Fundraising, Public or Private
Why Fundraising, Marketing, and Public Relations Are NOT Dirty Words
Private Funding Gives You Public Leverage.
Marketing and Communications
Making Your Library’s Case
Meeting Community Needs
Relationship! Relationship! Relationship!
Keep the Long View in Mind.
Successes through Creating Partnerships
Succeeding in Private Fundraising: Friends, Foundations, Grants, and More
How To Make It Easy and Enticing for Individuals, Businesses, and Others To Give to the Library
Creating a Powerful Board
Successes through Library-Generated Income
Multi-Use Space: How Fixing Toilets Is Funding a Library
Successes through Stretching Funding
New Ideas & Out-of-the-Box Thinking for Creative Fundraising
Silver Linings
What Libraries Can Learn from Other Nonprofits
How YOU Can Save Your Public Library
A Few Interesting Facts and Figures about Libraries
A Few Websites and Books of Interest
A Few Quotable Quotes Re Libraries

Most are quoted extensively in the book.

Donna Bero, Executive Director, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, CA.

Mary Kay Biagini, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, Library and Information Science Program, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, PA. She was originally a school librarian, but for 6 years (1994-2000) she was immersed in public libraries as she headed the eiNetwork, which connects the 80 libraries in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County electronically.

Tamitha Blocker, Member of the Governing Board, Madison County Library, AR.

Mary Boone, State Librarian, State Library of North Carolina.

Beverly Cain, State Librarian, State Library of Ohio.

Audra Caplan, President, Public Library Association, on leave from the Harford County Public Library, MD, where she is the Director.

Mary L. Chute, Deputy Director for Libraries, Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Sandra Collins, Director, Northland Public Library, PA; formerly with the Weber County Library, UT.

Frank Kurt Cylke, Director, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), The Library of Congress.

Mary Dempsey, Commissioner, Chicago Public Library, IL.

Bonnie V. DiCarlo, Friend and former Board member of the Carnegie Library of Homestead, PA. She is a Financial Planner and co-founder of Celebrate & Share, an organization that recognizes women of achievement in the community and raises money for non-profits that support women and children.

Patrick Dowd, Councilman, Pittsburgh City Council. He is also one of the city’s representatives on the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA.

Nancy Downes, homeschool parent. She also has her own small business, Edits International.

Christina Dunn, Director, National Library of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

Sari Feldman, Executive Director, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH, and former President of the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association.

Brad Fish, South Region Representative on the Board of the Allegheny County Library Association, PA. He is also Western PA Account Executive for the Scholastic Classroom and Library Group and has worked with school and public libraries for nearly 10 years.

Sharon Flake, Author, The Skin I’m In, and six other award-winning books for young adults.

Gloria Forouzan, Co-Founder, Save Pittsburgh Libraries, PA.

Rhona Frazin, President & CEO, Chicago Public Library Foundation, IL.

Thomas W. Galante, CEO, Queens Library, NY.

Toni Garvey, City Librarian, Phoenix, AZ.

Kit Hadley, Director, St. Paul Public Library and former Director, Minneapolis Public Library, MN.

David Harvey, President and CEO, ProLiteracy.

Lisa Hochgraf, President, Friends of the Mendon Public Library, NY.

Charla Irwin-Buncher, Annual Giving Manager, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA.

Marilyn Jenkins, Executive Director, Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA), PA.

Al Kamper, Public Library Building Consultant and on the Board of the Allegheny County Library Association, PA.

Maureen Karl, Materials and Technology Division Chief, Arlington Public Library, VA.

Nick Lane, Treasurer, Friends of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA.

Judith Lesso and Paul Worona. Judith is a former Reference Librarian. Paul was formerly Information Technology Manager for a library as well as a Reference Librarian.

Dale P. Lipschultz, Literacy Officer, Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, American Library Association.

Sara Jane Lowry, Library Consultant.

Frank Lucchino, Judge, Orphans Court, Pittsburgh, PA. Lucchino served on the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science under President Clinton. In 1991, he wrote The Quiet Crisis about libraries in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. He is currently heading the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Public-Private Taskforce on Sustainable Library Funding.

Jim Ludlum, Business Manager, Montgomery County Friends of the Library, MD.

Donna K. McDonald, Director, Arkansas River Valley Regional Library System, AR; Past Chair and Member, Arkansas State Library Board; and President Elect, Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), American Library Association.

Glenn R. Miller, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Library Association.

Ann Myren, former Director, Haines Borough Public Library, AK. Her firm, Resources & Results Consulting, LLC, helps nonprofits, municipalities, and tribes fund projects.

Mary Nelesen, Volunteer Coordinator of Homebound Program for Friends of the Flathead County Library, Kalispell, MT.

Vailey Oehlke, Director of Libraries, Multnomah County Library, OR.

Timothy Owens, President, Association for Rural & Small Libraries.

Peter Pearson, President, The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, MN, and Founder of Library Strategies.

Frank A. Pezzanite, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Library Systems and Services, LLC (LSSI).

Maria Polinsky, Director of Development, Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, PA.

Mitch Pomerantz, President, American Council of the Blind.

C. L. Quillen, Coordinator of Public Services, The Old Bridge Library, NJ.

Brian Ray, PhD, President, National Home Education Research Institute.

Sally Gardner Reed, Executive Director, Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), American Library Association.

Cynthia K. Richey, Director, Mt. Lebanon Public Library, PA.

Audrey Ryan, Manager, Connections: Library Service for the Homebound, Miami-Dade Public Library System, FL.

Becky Schreiber and John Shannon, Schreiber Shannon Associates, organization development consultants who have worked with libraries since 1982.

Julia Corbett Smith, concerned citizen.

Linda C. Smith, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign.

Rhonda Smith, homeschool parent.

Laura Solomon, Library Services Manager, Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN).

Roberta Stevens, President, American Library Association. On leave from the Library of Congress where she was Outreach Projects and Partnerships Officer, and Project Manager, National Books Festival.

Kimberly Schevtchuk, library user.

Marion Wible, user of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

Brian Wolovich, a teacher who is spearheading a grassroots campaign to create a library in Millvale, PA, an economically disadvantaged suburb of Pittsburgh.

Beth Yoke, Executive Director, The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), American Library Association.