Media Contact: Julie Patterson
Senior Public Information Officer
AURORA, Colo. – The Friends of the Aurora Public Library (FAPL) has donated another $16,000 this month to the Aurora Public Library to be used to keep the collections at the Aurora Public Library’s remaining branches as current as possible.
This is the third donation that the FAPL has made to the Aurora Public Library this year for collection items, having provided a $10,000 donation in April and $25,000 in October. Previous donations have funded youth, special or family interest programming, but ongoing budget reductions have resulted in the FAPL redirecting support to collections in 2010.
Due to ongoing budget reductions and a failed library ballot initiative last year, the Aurora Public Library’s budget for collection items was reduced from $1.2 million in 2008 and $900,000 in 2009 to $280,000 in both 2010 and 2011. Among area library systems serving populations greater than 150,000, the Aurora library system spends the least amount of money on its collections at just 89 cents per capita, compared with $4.46 to $11.92 per capita in other area systems.
The FAPL raises funds for the Aurora Public Library through memberships with the FAPL, sales at their bookstore, the Book Outlet, located at 2243 S. Peoria St., and via special sales scheduled periodically in other locations. FAPL members are entitled to special sales and regular discounts, with prices as low as 50 cents for a paperback book.
“The Friends of the Aurora Public Library are truly excited about our opportunity to continue supporting the Aurora Public Library during what is undoubtedly one of the most trying times in its history,” FAPL President David Origlio said. “Thanks to our terrific customers, our volunteers and all of those who donate their books to us throughout the year for making it possible for us to provide support of more than $50,000 to the library this year.”