The Laramie County Library Foundation believes its donors are a cherished asset and vital to the organization and its cause. Donors should receive recognition commensurate with the value of the contribution.
Donor generosity will be recognized in these ways:
- Donations of $5,000 or more will be recognized permanently on a donor wall in the Laramie County Library building.
Donor contributions will be categorized in the following ways:
Patrons: $100 – $999
What is more important in a library than anything else – than everything else – is the fact that it exists.
Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.
— Author Sidney Sheldon
Society of Readers: $1,000-$4,999
The person who doesn’t read is just as ignorant as the person who can’t read.
The more you read, the more things you will know.
The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.
— Dr. Seuss
Society of Scholars: $5,000-$9,999
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
Teenagers can discover the pleasures of reading and gain the power of knowledge by going to libraries. With that power, they will be invincible.
—NASCAR driver Ward Burton, winner of the Daytona 500
Book Society: $10,000-$24,999
Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
— Benjamin Franklin
Literary Society: $25,000-$49,999
A human mind, once stretched to a new idea, never returns to its former dimensions.
“In my work a good library is essential. It enables me to learn the background and previous discussions of the various issues I am called upon to decide. It provides the stability and continuity for the rule of law.”
—Sandra Day O’Connor
Carnegie Society: $50,000 – $99,999
Named in honor of the Carnegie Foundation, which gave a donation of $50,000 on December 27, 1897, to the first public library building in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Between 1897 and 1917, philanthropist Andrew Carnegie endowed more than 1,400 public libraries.
There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.
— Andrew Carnegie
Visionary Society: $100,000+
Through changing times, people have continued to participate in and esteem their libraries. The public library of the future will respond to a new social, technological and economic environment while keeping its enduring values. It will use new tools and partnerships in its traditional roles as part of a lifelong learning system and as an engine of cultural and economic development.
The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.
— Cosmos, Carl Sagan