Through the work of the Greensboro Public Library Foundation, which was started in 2002, library customers enjoy new technologies, library facilities enhanced by a public art program, literary festivals, and improved book and materials collections. Very young customers are excited to find interactive learning centers in the library's renovated and new buildings. The central library in downtown Greensboro and the six branch libraries all benefit from the Foundation's fundraising, expanding the enhancements throughout the Greensboro community.
During the Library’s 2009-2010 fiscal year, private donations helped make the following possible.
City-wide Literary Festivals
- More than 3000 people of all ages participated in more than 50 events during the Library's annual celebration of National Poetry Month.
- "Dia de los Ninos, Dia de los Libros" (Day of the Child, Day of the Book) attracted more than 2000 people to the event in Center City Park.
- "One City, One Book" in Fall 2010 once again brings together thousands of people throughout Guilford County to read and discuss one book. The Soloist by Steve Lopez opens the door to discussions on friendship, mental health, the power of music. Click here for more information about "One City, One Book"
Programs for Children and Teens
- 7,000 children improved their literary skills in the Summer Reading Program.
- With a grant from the State Library and matching funds from the Greensboro Public Library Foundation, the Teen Leadership Project was launched at the McGirt-Horton Branch.
- The popular Teen Art Studio combined art and literacy at the Hemphill Branch.
Programs for Senior Citizens
- Seniors met with area employers at the annual Senior Job Fair.
- Senior Health Fair offered free screenings and information.
- Poets and volunteers presented the LifeVerse poetry program at nursing homes, retirement centers and assisted living facilities throughout the city.
Books and Materials
- Music fans benefited from an increase in a variety of CDs.
- Children found more books at all seven Greensboro Public Library locations.
Library Facility Enhancements
- The children's area at the new McGirt-Horton Branch library promotes interactive learning for the library's youngest customers. A puppet stage inspires storytelling, as does a display of a quilt that was created by children at the library and tells in fabric a story they wrote.
- Library customers enjoy public art in all the library facilities.
- At the new McGirt-Horton Branch library, public art includes a large wall mural by Ernest Watson, depicting individuals and events that have shaped the history of Northeast Greensboro. Four sculptures by William Donnan in the Children's Garden, tell the story of Africa's contributions to world civilization.
- Public art in the newly renovated Benjamin Branch includes "Fictions" by David Finn and his students at Wake Forest University, which features five mobiles gently swaying above patrons' heads.
Mobiles at Benjamin Branch
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