#b#Library In Action#/b#

The Mary Jacobs Memorial Library is the cornerstone of our community. And the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Foundation keeps this cornerstone updated, safe, clean, and functioning for community use. We have proudly been saying this for years and here’s the proof. In 2013:

Over a quarter of a million items were checked out from the library (289,642 to be exact);

More than 9,000 people attended library programs;

32,498 questions were answered at the reference desk; and

95 percent of Mary Jacobs Memorial Library cardholders reside in Montgomery and Rocky Hill.

Last year the Foundation raised enough money to fund the creation of the impressive Quiet Study Room on the second floor. This space was much-requested and is now very popular. A true community success! But, we must continue to meet our community’s needs.

The Library’s Program/Meeting Room hosted almost 400 programs that were attended by 9,069 people in 2013. This frequented and much-used space is in need of a complete overhaul. With your help, we hope to install soundproof flooring and new lighting; provide contemporary audiovisual equipment; and purchase all new furniture for adults and children.

Additionally, the Library needs a new HVAC system; tables and chairs for the Adult Services Wing; an activity rug and carpeting for the Children’s Services Wing; and computer tables and seating for the Technical Training Center on the second floor.

All of this is in addition to our ongoing building and grounds operating expenses: snow plowing, insurance, utilities, maintenance and cleaning. As you can imagine, our costs this winter were the highest in years due to the snowfall and low temperatures.

We need your help. Please visit www.MaryJacobsLibraryFoundation.org today to make a donation to this community cornerstone.

Brenda Fallon

President, Board of Trustees

#b#CASA Raises $47K#/b#

On Sunday, March 9, at McCarter Theater, the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) of Mercer and Burlington Counties held a benefit reception and performance of Cirkopolis, presented by Cirque Eloize. The event raised over $47,000 to benefit abused and neglected children served by CASA volunteers in Mercer County.

One hundred and fifty guests enjoyed delicious desserts and the interactive magic of Anthony Salazar during the pre-performance reception. They also bid on an array of silent auction items that included a week in Kennebunkport, Maine, and an overnight stay at the Philadelphia Zoo. Of course, the magical performance of Cirkopolis by the Cirque Eloize troupe of dancers, acrobats, jugglers, and other “athletic artists” amazed our attendees of widely varying ages. The entire experience was a tribute to our dedicated community volunteer advocates and the children they serve.

CASA for Children of Mercer and Burlington Counties is an independent, non-profit organization committed to speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in both of these counties. The organization’s advocates, appointed by the Family Court judge, help ensure that these children’s medical, dental, mental health, educational, and recreational needs are addressed.

We extend our sincere thanks to our generous event sponsors: Our lead sponsor was Diversity Inc. at the High-Flyer level; Eckert Seamans was a Juggler sponsor; and Fox Rothschild LLP and Richard and Andrea Stine were sponsors at the Dancer level, while Princeton Orthodontics contributed as a Strongman Sponsor. We could not have held such a successful fundraiser without our event committee, led by co-chairs Susan Smotrich and Cindy Hollender, and members Amy Decker, Amy Heffern, Susan Paterson, Debbi Roldan, and Andrea Stine.

We are grateful for the continued generous support of so many, support that enables us to continue to help foster children achieve what is their basic human right-to have a safe and permanent home and family of his or her own. To learn more about the opportunity to be a CASA volunteer, please visit www.casamercer.org or contact Volunteer Coordinator Leontyne Anglin at 609-434-0050.

Randall Kirkpatrick

Director of Community Development,

CASA for Children of Mercer and Burlington Counties

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