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Library Gifts Yield Tax Benefits

As the year ends, many organizations solicit donations for a wide range of good and worthy causes, some of them here in our community, some nationally or even internationally.

Kalamazoo Public Library does not conduct an annual fund raising campaign nor send solicitation requests but, of course, we always welcome and greatly appreciate gifts from grateful patrons.

The State of Michigan encourages donations to public libraries by offering a tax credit. If you itemize deductions, you can claim a 50% of your gift (up to $200 for an individual or $400 for a couple) to a Michigan public library as a credit on your state taxes. That means that giving $200 / $400 to KPL can save you $100 / $200 in state taxes... a good deal!

You may designate your donation for a specific collection, such as large print or children’s books; a location, such as your neighborhood branch; or a service, such as Ready to Read, Reading Together, or teen programming. The library directs undesignated gifts where they are most needed.

Thank you for thinking of the library as you consider year-end giving.

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Belated Thanksgiving Greetings

We’ve been upgrading the software that runs our website. Updates and new blog posts have been limited for the past week or so.

Even though I am a bit late, I want to thank you for your continued support of the library. The passage of our millage last year and the strong increase in usage and program attendance confirms that we are providing the services you want.

All households in our service area should have received the December issue of LINK by now. The articles, Strategic Plan, and Director’s Note summarize our priorities. During 2011, we plan to seek more input from patrons. Periodically we’ll be asking you about your library visit, how well staff helped you find information, how quickly you were able to use a computer or access our wifi network, how much you enjoyed an event, and more.

With the decrease in revenues this past year and anticipated decline in the next few years, we need to focus our services on the highest priorities. Your input will be useful and appreciated.

I hope your Thanksgiving was enjoyable. Thank you for your support and interest in KPL.

Come visit soon.

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