All the latest news on Foundation events, Library activities, and the Make MORE Noyes Campaign.
Kensington – The Noyes Children’s Library Foundation will hold a massive Ice Bucket Challenge at Noyes Library onSaturday, August 23 at 2 p.m., to raise awareness of and funds for ALS research. The event celebrates the Foundation’s co-president, Jan Jablonski, who continues her decades-long support of the historic Noyes Library while also coping with advancing ALS.
Members of the Foundation Board, Library patrons, local lawmakers and other Noyes supporters are all invited to take the Challenge. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, through which individuals have freezing water dumped over their heads, has swept the country this summer as each participant “challenges” friends to do the same in a video shared on social media. The ALS Association reports that between July 29 and August 21, it received over $41 million in donations from more than 700,000 new donors. read more here.
The Amazon Smile Foundation donates to Noyes. How does this work? When you shop on Amazon on-line, specify that the Noyes Childrens Library Foundation should be the recipient of your charitable giving. Then, go to smile.amazon.com when you shop, and Noyes gets .5% of the sale automatically year-round, at no charge to you!
Click here to get started: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-1764090
Since 1893, the Noyes Library has enriched lives through books and the community through its presence. But it has never been accessible to those with physical disabilities. As of now, however, Montgomery County's Project Civic Access Settlement Agreement with the Department of Justice requires that the Library comply with the ADA Standards for Accessible Design.
That is great news, because with that need comes opportunity. The Foundation has committed to lead a campaign to design and fund renovations to Noyes that will go far beyond what Montgomery County could realistically afford to do, and create a Library that is a model of universal accessibility AND a center for early literacy and children’s literature.
The Foundation is working with Montgomery County to finalize plans for MORE Noyes, while preparing to conduct a major fundraising campaign. The Foundation has a superb campaign logo (see story on the right), a prestigious law firm handling legal details with the County (see story on the right), and most importantly, a building design that meets all of Noyes' needs creatively, efficiently and, yes, magically.
Here is what YOU can do:
- Click here to view drawings of the proposed upgrades to Noyes. The renovation will make it fully accessible and add two floors of usable space.
- Click here to learn more about the needs and opportunities created by the Library’s age, size, historic designations and lack of accessibility.
- Click here for information about upcoming public meetings or other actions you can take to document your support for the Make MORE Noyes! proposal.
- Contact us if you know of a corporation or foundation committed to supporting organizations such as the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation, or projects supporting accessibility, children’s literacy, historic preservation or grass-roots community development. Please email us here with information on possible grant sources. Thank you!
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