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Reading Is Fundamental

A few months ago it occurred to me that I hadn’t set foot in the Hagatna public library since grade school. I drove there on a Saturday morning and was disappointed to find that the library was closed until further notice due to the lack of air-conditioning. I figured with the state of GovGuam affairs, “until further notice” was a cryptic way of saying “indefinitely”, and I toyed with the idea of organizing efforts to raise money for the Guam libraries. I only got as far as thinking about it since I have zero experience in forming non-profit organizations and haven’t a clue where to begin. I still believe it’s a worthy cause and if anyone out there can point me in the general direction of where to begin, I’d really appreciate the help.
The great news is the library is open again! I’m going to check it out tomorrow and I’ll inquire with the people who work there on how I can help raise money to improve our public libraries. This is a cause that is close to my heart because as a kid I spent copious amounts of time hanging out and reading in libraries. It was a very special place for me.

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  1. Toni says:

    The Friends of the Guam Public Library is the organization that raises private funds for library use and awareness for literacy. I made a simple site for them YEARS ago, and I mean 2001, so the contact info listed might be outdated, but it’s worth a shot. If Christine Scott-Smith or Mrs. Orot are still there (administrators), they will be able to get recent Friends info.
    Good luck!
    A while back, they had a book sale (a while back = 1996). It might bring in a little cash, but you need big ticket items to raise the amount of money they need. Perhaps maybe a book auction? Collector’s items, limited editions, etc., donated by public figures or community pillars? An amnesty ball? It would be great to get writers to come to Guam and speak. There are so many ideas!
    I love non-profit planning 😀

  2. Josie says:

    I don’t think Friends of the Library exists anymore. When I inquired about them or any current non-profits in support of the library, I got a bunch of blank stares and “I don’t knows”. I did get the supervisor’s number and email and I’ll send her a message…maybe I’ll have better luck with her.

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