“Libraries are not made, they grow.”
In 1921, the Sauk City Women’s Club planted the first seed, and our library has grown ever since. A large part of this growth has been due to memorials, gifts, bequests, and endowments provided by concerned civic-minded citizens.
The Library Board and staff wish to thank everyone who has ever baked for our programs and pie sales, donated books, DVDs, CDs and videos, contributed to the Library’s general and building funds, or just lent a hand around the library. Thank you to the businesses and members of civic organizations who have generously donated prizes for summer reading programs. We couldn’t do what we do without you!
There are many ways to help the library continue to grow:
Purchase a Memorial Book for the collection
Leave a lasting memorial for a loved-one. Honor an employee, graduate, or volunteer. Commemorate a birthday, retirement or anniversary. Create something special for your honoree, the library, and the entire community. Contact the library to select a memorial book, or print and return this Memorial Bookmark (pdf).
Books can be chosen in subject areas of special interest for remembering the honoree. The person or special occasion is recognized on a book plate installed inside the front cover. A memorial card is sent to a person of your choice to provide the information on your memorial purchase. Your memorial book is then put into the general collection for all our area residents to use and enjoy.
Make an outright bequest or gift to the library
Funds may be left to the library for a variety of purposes. You can allow the Library Board to use the funds as they see fit, or you can create a bequest for a specific purpose.
The following is a suggested form for an outright bequest, which you may have your attorney adopt to fit your ends:
“I give and bequest $ ____________ to the George Culver Community Library, Sauk City, Wisconsin. I recognize that the particular use which should be made of these funds can best be determined in view of the conditions existing at the time. Accordingly, the amount may be used by the library’s governing board within its sole discretion for any purpose consistent with the objectives of the library.”
Members of the Library Board or the Library Director are available to discuss such memorials with you or your legal counsel.
Establish a Charitable Remainder Trust for the benefit of the library
Funds may be left to the library during your lifetime with additional tax advantages and without sacrificing amounts left to heirs. Information on setting up a charitable remainder trust can be obtained through bank trust departments or your attorney. Again, members of the Library Board or the Library Director are available to discuss such memorials with you or your legal counsel.
If you would like more information on Memorials, please call the library at (608) 643-8346 or email Lisa Renier Thomas, Library Director at email@example.com.
You may also want to download and print a Donation Form you this you can fill out and return to the library.