Foundation Report to Library Board 4-11-12

The Library Foundation

Report to the Board of Trustees

Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library

April 11, 2012

Steve Page, Reporting



  • Scheduled for Wednesday, April 18 at 2:30 pm in the Kids Library Story Zone.
  • A generous gift from Dr. Robert D. Parman and Frankie Best Parman.
  • A tribute to the library’s “R.E.A.D. with Dogs” program in Youth Services.
  • Exquisite bronze sculpture designed by Janet Zoble and cast by Tim Degginger, owner of Degginger’s Foundry in Topeka.
  • RSVPs to our invitation indicate an audience of about fifty guests, as well as eight R.E.A.D. dogs attending with their owner handlers.  We are pleased that trustees of all three library boards plan to attend and thank the Parmans for their gracious generosity and to celebrate this successful and popular free library program that pairs children reading to dogs to improve their literacy skills. 
  • Remarks will be made by several key individuals prior to the ribbon-cutting and refreshments served afterwards in the Lingo Story Room.



  • We are pleased to announce that the Wilder Society Spring Tea was held on Sunday, April 1 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm in Marvin Auditorium at the library.
  • The theme was:  Rare Beauty Under Glass: The Paperweight Tea.
  • Sherry Best and Zan Popp, Alice C. Sabatini Gallery staff, presented an outstanding program that gave an up-close look at the library’s extraordinary collection of paperweights.
  • Highlight of the event was the attendance by several family members of the late Marion Stevenson, who gifted her lifetime collection of antique paperweights and Steuben crystal to the library in 2010.  The Stevenson family members came from Vero Beach, FL and Chicago, IL and were very pleased with the exhibit of some of Marion’s paperweights in the library’s rotunda and the program presented by gallery staff, as well as a special behind-the-scenes tour of the library. 
  • Attendance included 89 Wilder Society members, prospects, and guests.
  • Records indicate that fifteen Wilder Society prospects will receive follow-up contact to gauge their interest to join.
  • All three library boards were represented by guests who attended.





  • The annual financial audit of the Foundation has been completed, received and

approved by the Finance Committee and the Foundation Board.

  • We especially appreciate the extra effort made by the Foundation’s Treasurer, Jeanne Slusher, as she met with audit director Karen Linn, CPA., Berberich Trahan and Company, to receive and review the audit before distribution for approval from the Finance Committee and Foundation trustees, in order to accommodate a request from the library for an altered April board meeting sequence.




  • A Gift Proposal Packet has been developed by Kathy Groesbeck for the purpose of raising funds to support the Kids Library.
  • A total amount of $100,000 will be raised by the Foundation to fund the Kids Library and cultivation meetings have begun.
  • A separate account for the Kids Library has been created and $100,000 has been transferred from the General Fund for this purpose so that the library can adhere to cash-basis law as it prepares and issues a Request for Proposal next month for the structural elements that will be installed.


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