The Timberland Regional Library Foundation has announced it will dissolve the independent, non-profit organization, effective December 31, 2015.
The Foundation was founded in 1997 to provide financial support for the Timberland Regional Library (TRL) and the 27 branches that comprise the library district.
When notified of the Foundation's decision, TRL Director Cheryl Heywood responded "throughout our 18-year partnership, the Foundation has supported many vital events and programs; we will miss their commitment to increasing literacy and helping build thriving communities in the TRL district."
The Foundation has raised and donated money for major library initiatives, including Timberland Reads Together, the Family Read & Sing Aloud, Mother Goose Parent Education Workshops and the Get the Card library campaign.
Foundation Board Chair, Lynn Busacca said "although the board members remain dedicated to the mission of the library, the organization cannot continue as an all-volunteer effort, lacking designated office space, consistent staffing, and a solid presence in all five counties."
In September, the Foundation will officially move its funds to the Timberland Regional Library Gift Fund for uses that are consistent with donors' wishes as stated at the time of giving. In the future, donors may direct financial gifts to the Timberland Regional Library for unrestricted support of TRL or any of its 27 branches.