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Dec. 11, 2014

Chandler Public Library gets by with a little help from its Friends

Friends of the Chandler Library
When the Chandler Library is in need, the Friends show their support in deed. For more than three decades, the Friends of the Chandler Public Library have worked tirelessly to provide donations of both time and money to best serve the community through the City’s library system. Formed in 1981, Friends is a non-profit organization established by residents who recognized that local libraries needed additional support in order to meet the growing needs of the community. 

Through the years, the members have volunteered countless hours and raised tens of thousands of dollars to support literacy and education programs for all ages. Their efforts have brought greater awareness to the vast amount of resources and services available through the Chandler Public Library. Infant, preschool, and children’s programs such as Lapsit, Babytime, High-Five Reading Together, and Read to Succeed interactive programs, as well as Battle of the Books for school-aged children, and the Adult and Teen Summer Reading Programs would not be successful without the supporting role played by the Friends of the Chandler Public Library. The organization also hosts one of largest used book sales in the East Valley twice a year.

To help ensure the excellence of the Chandler Public Library System for many years to come, the Friends established a foundation to develop funding sources beyond annual membership fees, book sales, and traditional tax-based funding. A partnership was developed between the Friends of the Chandler Library Foundation and the Arizona Community Foundation to cultivate private funding and endowments.
Friends of the Chandler Library Used Book Sale
“Libraries may survive with public funds; but it’s with private gifts that they flourish,” said Chandler’s Library Manager Brenda Brown. “Endowments are a way for someone’s name and legacy to endure long after they are gone, while supporting beneficial programs for future generations. If any Chandler residents are contemplating how they will leave a lasting and worthwhile mark on the community, I hope they will consider making an endowment to our Library Foundation.”

Thanks to the power of endowment and time, a $50,000 gift to the Chandler Library Foundation through the Arizona Community Foundation can produce nearly $200,000 in library grants and still grow to a balance of more than $219,000 in 50 years (based on eight percent returns and five percent spending). [Source: Arizona Community Foundation]

If you would like to learn more about the Friends of the Chandler Public Library, volunteer with the organization or make a tax-deductible donation, please visit, or call 480-782-2800.