2015 - The Library Foundation Annual Report

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2015 ANNUAL REPORT THE LIBRARY FOUNDATION’S PURPOSE The purpose of The Library Foundation is to ensure the future of the library as an indispensable community resource. We do this by helping secure financial resources to support collections, programs, services, technology and physical facilities of the library. The Library Foundation pursues this purpose by seeking philanthropic support, providing conscientious stewardship of the assets in its care, encouraging appropriate community partnerships and advocating on behalf of the library’s mission and continue helping our community be the best place to live, work, learn and play. The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is the sole beneficiary of funds raised by The Library Foundation.


DEAR FRIENDS, We are pleased to share with you The Library Foundation’s 2015 Annual Report. Our complete financial statements can be found on our website, foundation.tscpl.org. This has been an eventful year for The Foundation. We are deeply proud of the support that all of our donors have made to help fulfil the library’s mission: Your place. Stories you want. Information you need. Connections you seek. In 2015, the library purchased the newest bookmobile “Alice”, restored the remaining stained glass window, completed the History Neighborhood and recovered Melissa’s blue chair in the Kids Library. The library also purchased a new microfilm reader scanner for the Dr. Phillip and Betty Baker Genealogy Center in the Topeka Room, installed a new plaque at the entrance to the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, continued providing the program Music on a Sunday Afternoon, and delivered so many more services and programs with gifts to The Library Foundation by you, the donor. A tree was planted on the library grounds in memory of Dr. Robert Harder who served as a library trustee from 2009 to 2014. It was Bob Harder’s memorial funds that helped start the Harder IREAD Kindergarten program and will continue to be named for him as we expand the program with donor support to more schools in Shawnee County. We acknowledge Foundation board member Dr. Bob Parman for his exceptional service to the Foundation and the library. Bob’s leadership and advocacy on behalf of children is remarkable. As his term ends we welcome Brenda Dietrich. Brenda is the recently retired Auburn-Washburn school superintendent and is passionately involved in the community. Our challenge for 2016 and beyond is to fund the early childhood literacy programs of the library as it strives to accomplish the community goal: every child in our community will be ready for kindergarten. We are pleased to join with the United Way of Greater Topeka in concentrating our efforts on building sustainable funding for a new program, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. We are grateful for your investment in the library which creates opportunities for a lifetime of literacy and learning. Thank you! As we look to 2017 we will be celebrating The Library Foundation’s 35th anniversary. It will be a time for us to see what impact we have made and what future progress is needed.

Becky Holmquist, Chair The Library Foundation


Nancy Lindberg Executive Director



any people come to the library to enjoy the newest exhibit at the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery. In February 2015, a new plaque was installed at the entrance to the gallery to honor the woman for which the gallery is named. Visitors are welcomed with Alice Sabatini’s drawings as a way to commemorate her life and work. The picture (right) shows Frank Sabatini unveiling the new plaque with his son, Dan. Alice was a beloved educator, artist, designer, illustrator, philanthropist and children’s advocate. Over many years, Alice worked closely with Gary Clarke when he was the director of the World Famous Topeka Zoo. Alice drew the zoo’s animals and the new gallery plaque includes changeable bronze relief plates with six of Alice’s animal drawings. The plates change periodically. Visitors can make rubbings of the drawings to take home. On October 9, Topeka celebrated 2015 Philanthropy Day by honoring the Sabatini Family Foundation for Outstanding Foundation. Pictured is Frank & Judith Sabatini, Matt Sabatini and Dan Sabatini with their award. The Sabatini Family Foundation was nominated by The Library Foundation for its continued support of the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery along with funding the annual art show devoted to children and an outreach enrichment program targeting at-risk children.

ALICE IS ON OUR STREETS he library’s newest bookmobile, Alice, was put in service on June 3, 2015. The purchase of this bookmobile was made by The Library Foundation as a result of a generous estate gift of the late Hugh and Margaret McCausland. Their bequeathed gift toward the purchase of Alice will leave a lasting impression on the community, helping the library continue to bring its collection across the county.


not a surprise to those who knew them that they would leave their estate to benefit the library through The Library Foundation. What a wonderful way to remember them. Their gift provided this brand new bookmobile to our library filled to the brim with brand new books that will serve the community for many years to come,” said Becky Holmquist at the grand opening.

Hugh and Margaret McCausland were instructors at Washburn University and upon retirement became very involved with the Friends of the Library book sale. It was

Planned giving has helped to make Alice a fixture of the community for decades to come. To find out more about how you can make a legacy gift, contact The Library Foundation. 3

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT The Library Foundation gratefully acknowledges the following individual and organizations who supported The Library Foundation in 2015. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this listing. If there are any oversights, please contact the foundation office. To support The Library Foundation, donate online at foundation.tscpl.org and sign up for our quarterly news updates, email foundation@tscpl.org or call 785-540-4498.

CUMULATIVE GIVING This is The Library Foundation’s first time in recognizing a donor’s level of giving since their first gift. If a new gift was made in 2015, the donor’s name is listed and the amount is added to the donor’s past gifts and is recorded as the total of their giving. INDIVIDUAL CUMULATIVE GIVING LEVELS: (INCLUDES IN-KIND GIFTS) $100,000 + Dr. Phillip and Mrs. Betty Baker Anderson Chandler Susan and Kent Garlinghouse G. Lester Jordan, Jr.* Walter L. Van Vleck Trust $50,000 – 99,999 Dr. Walter Menninger Irving E. Sheffel* $25,000 – 49,999 Dick and Donna Crawford Charles and Kay Holle Dr. Judith Kooser and Mr. Nicholas Good Kay E. McFarland* Robert and Frankie Parman John and Alicia Salisbury $10,000 - 24,999 Donald and Janet Chubb Ann Hoover James and Linda McHenry Gina and Ried Millsap Larry and Doris Moreland Bette M. Morris, PhD Jerry and Judy Reed Lucy Stein Warren Taylor $5,000 – 9,999 Sherry Best Dick and Dotty Hanger Dorothy Harder Connie and Pat Hubbell Martha Huizenga Jeff and Martha Imparato Nancy Landon Kassebaum Susan Krehbiel William and Larry William Glinda Leach Marianna and Austin Nothern Steve Page and Gwen McClain George Paris Marie Pyko James Sloan Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Joan Tempero Annette and Ron Thornburgh Roger and Joan Underwood Robert Webb Max O. Williams $2,500 - 4,999 Rob and Jenifer Banks Joan Briman Roy and Gerry Browning Joyce and James DeCoursey, Jr. Roth and Joan Gatewood Carolyn Litwin Melissa Masoner and James Concannon Jeanne Christie Mithen Dr. Joe and Mrs. Suzanne Mumford Dr. Kent and Mrs. Marsha Palmberg Ruth Rodden Richard W. Ryan Jeanne and Michael Slusher Deb and Steve Southerland


Lissa Staley and Daniel Fogt Nancy Stone Eleanor and Larry Strecker Lisa and Tom Stubbs Rosemary Williamson $1,000 - 2,499 Trena Ansell Marilyn Ault Anne Baker J. Patrick and Charlene Brazil Donna Casey Dr. Dean and Mrs. Ruth Cook Ruth and Alva Cook Karen and Harry Craig, Jr. Glenda and Melvin DuBoise Jeri Eckhardt Gail and William Eliason Delores Fay Mary Feighny Rick Friedstrom Dennis and Anne Harder Marley Thad Hartman Darvin and Marilyn Hawley Rebecca and Larry Hinton Becky and Terry Holmquist Duane Johnson and Deb Kirmer Ruth and Glenn Jones Warren and Doris Kinnett Steve Lopes and Lois Orth-Lopes Stephen Lusk Rosemary Menninger Carol Mongold David Monical and Peg Dunlap Philip and Lona Morse Ezequiel Munoz Betty Jean Neal Joel and Nicole Oliver Dwight and Lisa Parman Nancy Perih Matt Pettit Paul Post and Kay Kelly Carole Purdum Gary and Karen Robertson Richard D. Ross Mary and James Schroff Dr. Steven and Mrs. Clista Seals Tom and Gwen Stanley Judi and Rob Stork Mary Elizabeth Stratton Nancy Vaughn Dr. Stanley J. and Rev. Sandra W. Vogel Cynthia Wahle $500 - 999 Helen and Warren Beavers Paul and Shirley Boatwright Jim and Sharon Bryan Matthew Carithers Nancy Carpenter Sheldon and Virginia Cohen Carrie Cummings Kathleen Cummings Haley and Jason DaVee Sam Delap, Jr. Robert DuBois Gwendolyn J. Elliott Cathy Estes Joseph Feeney, Jr. Margaret Fowler and Carlee Wilson Margaret and John Francis Diana and John Friend Lewis and Sue Ferguson Edward Funston John and Ines Gilbert Jane and Russell Greene Susan Holm and David Wexler Kirk and Cheryl Johnson Jane Kluge Tad and Margaret Kramar

Nancy Lindberg Catherine and Stephen Maassen Maria Okamitsu Gene and Judy Olander Patty and Larry Pressman Scott and Amy Raymond Trish Reuter Carrie and R. Patrick Riordan Susan and Dennis Rogers Ford and Catherine Ross Barbara and Robert Scofield Elaine Sherrick and LJ Polly Jamie Stafford Kenneth Strobel Kimberly and Josh Svaty James T. Walters Luanne Webb Craig and Shari Weeks Sheryl Weller Julie and Brad Woods Linda Woolf, PhD Dr. Craig Yorke and Ms. Mary Powell $100 – 499 Kristen Dee Ables Roger and Robyn Aeschliman Patty Akrouche Prasunamba Amaraneni Joan Arterburn Marietta Bailey Mark and Darlene Baker Peggy Baker James R. Banks Marilyn Beauchamp Joy Blankenship Paul and Marcia Bowen Samuel and Margaret Bradshaw Gary and Doris Bremer John and Sally Brooke Bruce and Connie Burns R. Dean and Sherry Byerley Terri Bynum Lori Capes Randy and Loretta Carman Carol Casale L. Patricia Casey Michael and Carol Cast George and Barbara Clark Gary and Margaret Clarke David and Victoria Console Perry and Dolores Crabtree Bonnie and Rudy Cuevas Susanne and Raffella D’Andrea James and Linda Daniel Nancy Daniels Evelyn Davis William and Diana Davis Marjorie and Kelly Deeter Ruth Dickinson Dr. Brenda and Mr. Gerald Dietrich Megan DiGiovanni Lois Dimmitt Donna Dodge Rob and Lori Downing Sharon DuBois Myrl Duncan Horace and Fran Edwards Kathy Ellison Miranda Ericsson Ellen Evans Karen Farr Lois Fensler Jack and Allison Figgs Scarlett Fisher-Herreman Byron Fry Dr. S.K. and Mrs. Sue Gandhi Linda Geiger Claudia and Jack Gies Arthur and Carolyn Glassman John Godfrey

Susan Gooden Pamela Gray Charles and Son Green Robert and Laverta Greve Marilyn Halsey Barbara Harlan Kathleen and James Harr Barbara Harris Cecelia and Paul Harris Russell Clay Harvey Nancy Hawkins Peggy and Richard Hawkins Richard and Linda Hayse Joyce Hedlund Dr. Camille Heeb Sue Henke Phyllis Herzog Felicia Hillebert James and Patricia Hockett Marlana Hodgkinson Becky Hoferer Carl and Patricia Hoffman Mary Hoffman Ellen and Walter Horn Terry and Susan Howarter Chieng and Susan Hsia Marta and Jack Huey Sara Ice Barbara James Roger and Roberta Johnson Kenneth Jones and Rhonda Hakundy-Jones Philip and Madeline Keeshan Marilyn Kellogg Janet Kerr Lenora and Bruce Kinzie Colleen Kirch Norman Klocke Alice Knatt Joan Knoll Richard Kobs Robert and Joline Kovarik Christian and Christine Kramer Lisa and Max Lai Harriet Lange and Michael Nowak Margaret and Tighe LaRue Cynthia Lash Marvin and Carolyn Lawton Cathy Leonhart Richard and Pamela Lovell Linda Lungstrum Steve and Kimberly Magee Tim Marchand and Marie Landry Janice Martens Kristopher Marzetta Charles and Patty Mason Ruth Maus Tony and Judy McCue Kathryn and William McDonald Ann McElhenny Michelle McGuire Patricia McMurray Shirley and Karl Meisel Letha Meyer Wanda Meyer James Miller Patricia Monk Rogene and Edward Moody Ann Morris Richard and Marla Morris Carla Mumma Queena Mumma Sharon Nathan, PhD David Oakley Brenda Olson Robert and Barbara Parks Maxine Patterson Sandra Patterson Renee Patzer Emily Pearson

Sharon Peters LeAnn Petrie Dr. Lorne and Mrs. Norma Phillips Janet Pionkowski H. Pat and Jerry Powers James and Leslie Prentice Margery Purcell Valerie Reif Dr. Raymond Reinert H. Jane Rhys, PhD William and Kathy Rich Pauline and J. U. Ricks Elizabeth Ross Dr. Larry and Mrs. Kathleen Rotert John Roth Charity Rouse Lane Ruehlen Saeedeh Salmanzadeh Mark and Nancy Saylor Julie and Robert Schloetzer Jeanie Schuler Darci Scott Douglas Sheafor, MD Marsha Sheahan Ronald and Patricia Shurtz Patricia and Jim Simonson Larry and Joyce Sims Marlene Sinnott Joan Smith Richard D. Smith Martha Spacek John and Barbara Stauffer Virginia Stice Viola and William Stolte Ann Strecker Mary and Ronald Strong Rick and Holly Stuart Franklin and Judith Theis Judith and David Thompson Nell Thompson Joyce Thompson Phyllis Todd Rosemary Torrez Olive Ubel Charles Underwood Roger and Karen Viola Tanya Walsh Marilyn and Howard Ward Elizabeth Watson Steve Watson Mary Lou Weidenbach Robert Welch Rebecca Wempe John and Nancy Whiffen Ethelda Wilch Patricia Wild Stan and Linda Williams Kathleen Wilmore Clarene Molzen Wilms Jeanne Worthington Linda and Dale Wulfkuhle Ted Yungclas Beverley Zimmerman Kari Zimmerman $1 - 99 Pauline Adam Joyce and Gerald Adcock Dorothy Alexander Kevin and Nancy Alexander Judy and Bill Allman Nancy Anderson Tiffany Anderson Henriette Area Bruce Baker Fred and Gloria Baker Carol Ball Natalie Barbee Jack and Gloria Barron Robert and Barbara Barron Millard Bass Terry and Robert Bernatis Elaine Biggs Dennis and Audrey Bosley Elaine Bowen Ann Boyle Martha Buchholz Jane Buckley Dawn Buttery

Mary Campbell Donna and Marion Cox Donald Dimmitt Marge and Jerry Eaton Marilyn Ellenz Marsha Ericson and Tom Long Gail and Tad Estes Mary Feltner Dean and Pam Ferrell Dennis Flohrschutz Jane and Paul Fortin Kelly Foster Anna Frantz Diana and Jim Frownfelter Ada Gabe Karon Gambrill Jennifer Gassmann Anna Marie Gates Austin J.W. Gay Ann Gay Jane George Stephen and Suzanne Germes Megan Glenn Marcene and James Grimes Allen Gutovitz Carol Hanrahan Max and Gerry Ann Hartsook Ted and Anne Heim Max and Marilyn Herman Janiece Hernandez Carla and Rod Hogan Shirley Holmes Mary Hoover Ed and Sue Houghton Ruth and Joseph Hovorka Kaitlan Howarter Star Hummer Debra Jackson Ruth Jacobsen Rene Jenkins Stacey Johnston Anne Jones Terry and Emily Jones Grace and William Jordan Ronald and Cindy Kahmeyer Janice Kast Mary Kasten Shawn Kennedy-Lee Marion Kieffer Marsha King Debra Klueter Donald and Kathy Koch Lynda Krump Thelma Landrum Gladys Law Janet Loebel and Pedro Irigonegaray Patricia Maffucci Jan and Tom Mansfield Lawrence and Elizabeth McKamy Joseph McKinney Ken and Jackie Brey Meyer Caitlin and Philip Michael Carolyn and Larry Miller Rome and Jean Mitchell Amy Mitts Roxana Montgomery Kyle and Sarah Moreland Francis and Mary Mulryan Richard Mulryan Edward Navone Teresa Naylor Karen Overbey Gary Oyler Donna Parr Nora Patton-Taylor and David Taylor Alice and Clarence Payne Michael Perkins Bunliang Phammawaro Dave and Julie Pope Susan Quinn Nancy Ratch Jeanne Roberts Marcia Robinson Peggy Rose Jack Salisbury Sara Schafer Susan Schafer Stephen and Teresa Schiffelbein



he library has officially adopted the community goal: every child in our community will be ready for kindergarten. With your help The Library Foundation will make that goal a reality. Exciting things are coming for Shawnee County children, as we enhance our commitment to get kids acquainted with reading in those crucial first years. A mobile early childhood learning center will travel throughout the community, bringing an interactive play-based environment to impressionable young minds right where they live. This colorful, hands-on learning center will cultivate the most essential skills necessary for kids to be ready for school with a strong emphasis on parent engagement education. Yet to be named, the vehicle has been ordered and should arrive by fall. The Foundation is providing direct support for a large part of its cost and will also provide ongoing financial support for materials, programming, and providing professional screenings (vision, hearing, language). Funding for the Harder IREAD Kindergarten program began two years ago through Dr. Robert Harder’s memorial gifts. The program started at Lowman Hill Elementary where Dr. Harder volunteered and then expanded in 2015 to reach students at Stout, McCarter and Meadows. With

additional support, the library hopes to expand in 2016 to William’s, Scott, Ross and State Street schools. Library supporters are encouraged to adopt a kindergarten class to bring the program into their neighborhood. When children have a bounty of books, they fall in love with reading. That is one reason why the library, in partnership with the United Way of Greater Topeka, wants to bring the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to Shawnee County. The most significant factors influencing a child’s early educational success are an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school. Access to age appropriate books is the first step in growing children into lifelong readers and successful, selfsufficient adults. The Dollywood Foundation underwrites the costs of the books and a $25 annual donation to this program pays for postage so that one child can participate in this program. We are seeking partners to join us to build a sustainable program. The Read With Me program has been in place for a number of years at the library. Babies (0-18 months old) in the Read with Me program receive a t-shirt to celebrate their first library card. Parents get a booklet on how to get the most out of reading to a pre-reader. The Library Foundation will continue to fund this library program. 54

$25,000 – 49,999 The Parker Family Fund - Topeka Community Foundation John M. Shapiro Charitable Trust WMR Family Foundation

Jane Schlicher and Patrick Dickey Cyril and Joyce Schmitz Amy Selm Joseph and Thomasinna Serwadda George Seuferling Janet Siple Paul and Martha Smith Glen Sonderegger Judy Soule Joanna Stamm Cynthia and David Stevens Susan Stickley Ruth Stone Pam and John Strahan James and Marion Taylor Julie Taylor R Wayne and Margaret Thomas Mary and Dan Tritsch Philip and Linda Tysinger Warren Vogel Carolyn Ward Dawn and Bruce Wayant David Webb and Patsie Sweeden Dennis and Melissa Weikel Henry Williams Todd and Kathleen Williams Danny Wilson Andrea Wilt Dana Wohletz-Hutchens William Worcester Letha and James Zahourek Melissa Zimmerman

$5,000 – 24,999 BPC Barker Printing & Copy Services, Inc Capital City Bank Caterpillar Foundation ConocoPhillips Volunteer Grant Program EBSCO Industries, Inc Hazel Hill Chocolate Traditions Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC National League of American Pen Women - Topeka Branch Stanley Flowers Topeka Community Foundation $1,000 - 4,999 Alliance Bank Amy Miller Photography Bartlett & West Engineers, Inc Cook’s American Grill Going Bonkers McDonald’s Restaurants of Lawrence Minerva Club of Topeka Northeast Kansas Library System Prairie Land Depression Era Glass Club Speck’s Tavern The Topeka Chapter of The Links, Inc Western Sorosis Club

MATCHING GIFT ORGANIZATIONS Capitol Federal Caterpillar Foundation ConocoPhillips Volunteer Grant Program Jostens Foundation Topeka Community Foundation US Bank CORPORATE /ORGANIZATION GIVING (INCLUDES IN-KIND GIFTS) $100,000 + Applebee’s Capitol Federal Foundation CoreFirst Bank & Trust Gage Bowl Center $50,000 – 99,000 Security Benefit

$1-999 CBIZ Changing Lifestyles FCE Coffman, De Fries & Nothern, P.A. Galen & Carolyn Dale Fund - Topeka Community Foundation Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc - Topeka Alumnae Chapter Epsilon ETA Chapter of Epsilon - Sigma Alpha Chapter 2001 ETA International Federal Home Loan Bank - Topeka HCCI India Association of Topeka Jostens Foundation Kansas Capital Quilters Guild Ladies with Happy Endings Book Club Lincoln Club of Topeka

Mount Prospect Public Library My Wife’s Book Club Our Savior’s Lutheran Men’s Reading Group P.E.O. Chapter DF P.E.O. Chapter FIf P.E.O. Chapter HW Page Turners Book Club Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge The Happy Bookers Topeka Art Guild Gallery Topeka PC Users Club, Inc US Bank GIFTS GIVEN IN HONOR OF Mary Allen Sarah Ashlock Sherry Best Sylvia Crestwell Diane and Dave Gestenslager Jeff Imparato Duane Johnson Bryce McHenry James McHenry, Jr. Gina Millsap Zan Popp Barbara Scofield Robert Scofield Bob Swain Maggie Walshire Patricia Wild Susan Wild GIFTS GIVEN IN MEMORY OF Carol Carver Ashley Jean Brewer Carolyn Burham Andrea Burton Loretta Charlton Estelle Dolgoff Carol Etzel Richard Evans Emery Fager Michael Graves Irma Grotenfendt Christine Louderback Passmore Gustason Robert Harder Marcia Henry Donna Rae Hitsman Richard J. Huerter Vernon Kasten Marveen Kinyon



n 2015, the $1,000 Dick and Donna Crawford scholarship was given to Alexandra (Alex) Schafer. Alex is a cataloging paraprofessional and has worked at the library for 12 years. She is completing her undergraduate degree in English Literature at Washburn University. In April 2014, Alex presented a paper to the National Undergraduate Literature Conference


Regena Lash Lonnie Guy Lebombarb Dee Marshall Tom McCormick Marjorie McElhenny Vi Rahberg Dr. Padma Raju Melissa Robertson Ruth Rockhold Carol Schmidt Evelyn Schultz Betty Stephens Alice Swisher Jack Wright Col. Douglas K. Zimmerman ESTATE GIFTS G. Lester Jordan, Jr. Kay E. McFarland Irving E. Sheffel Walter L. Van Vleck Trust

FAITHFUL GIVERS Our faithful givers have contributed to The Library Foundation for 10 or more consecutive years. Rob and Jenifer Banks BPC Barker Printing & Copy Services, Inc Jeri Eckhardt Delores Fay Mary Feighny Susan and Kent Garlinghouse Thad Hartman Chuck and Kay Holle Jeff Imparato James and Linda McHenry Gina Millsap Marie Pyko Trish Reuter Ruth Rodden John M. Shapiro Charitable Trust Deb Southerland Lissa Staley Stanley Flowers Lisa and Tom Stubbs Warren Taylor Roger and Joan Underwood Nancy Vaughn

in Ogden, Utah. In the spring of 2014 she became a member of the honor society Sigma Tau Delta. The Dick and Donna Crawford scholarship was created in 2001 with a $20,000 pledge to The Library Foundation. The Crawford’s made their gift as a way to create an endowment to provide annual scholarships for library employees. Their desire was to support library employees who exemplified the library’s high standards of public service. The Crawford scholarship has been awarded annually since it was established.

ESTATE GIFTS LEAVE A LEGACY G. Lester Jordan, Jr. earned a degree in social work from Washburn University and Masters from the University of Kansas. He enjoyed his employment as a social worker. G enjoyed traveling abroad and learning about different cultures. He frequently used the library’s travel section in planning vacations and for learning. G enjoyed bird watching, along with a love for literature, music, art and photography. He was an accomplished photographer, as he won many 1st place awards in the Topeka Capital-Journal Kodak Photography contests. In 1997 G purchased a lifetime Friends of the Library membership for his parents, G. Lester Jordan and Mary Alice Jordan. He passed away on June 25, 2015. G’s gift was not designated and will be used to support the library including the early childhood programs. Kay E. McFarland enjoyed a good mystery and liked to select her favorite audiobooks from the library. She served 35 years as a judge including justice of the Kansas Supreme Court, the first woman to hold that office. In 1995 she became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. She retired in 2009. Justice McFarland’s many interests included showing dogs, wildlife conservation, and world travel. Before her death Justice McFarland donated two handcrafted benches to The Library Foundation to provide comfort and convenience in the well-loved media area of the library. She passed away August 18, 2015 leaving a gift for the library to use for audio-reader materials. WILDER SOCIETY Early benefactors, Edward and Mary Wilder, helped raise funds to build the first permanent library in Topeka. Their memorial gifts to the library created the first public art collection in the city. In 1998, The Library Foundation created the Edward and Mary Wilder Society. We give special thanks to those who are securing the future of our awesome library by including The Library Foundation in your estate plans or making an annual lifetime gift. CHARTER MEMBERS Linda D. & Dennis Baranski Shirley J. Baxley Dorothy A. Christensen* Beulah Baldwin Cook* Floy M. Crouch* Lillian L. Dawkins* Noelle Todd Drechsel* Drs. Marjory B.* & D. Bernard* Foster Helen Green* Orpha Naomi Hathaway* Dr. J. Cotter* & Jeanne* Hirschberg Robert M.* & Hazel F.* Lingo James* & Elizabeth* McHenry James A. McHenry, Jr. Barbara A. Mertz* Esther Read* & Wilfred T.* Miller Lucille S. Perkins* Dr. Bartlett & Harriette* Ramsey Mary Jo Ramskill* Georgia Sue Reuter* Steve A. Schwarm & Lena R. Dreiling Irving E.* & Peggy* Sheffel Eldon* & Harriet* Sloan Glenn Swogger, Jr. & Claire Swogger Louise* & Walter* Torluemke Dr. Nathaniel* & Jewel* Uhr Virginia Wade* Anita & Larry Wolgast MEMBERS Carolyn A. Adams Adrian & Mary Allen Ann Maria “Trena” Ansell

Maxine Anton* Laura A. Autrey Betty R. Baker & Phillip L. Baker, MD Rob & Jenifer Banks Barbara J. Barber* Pauline Beatty* Clark V. Britton, Jr. & Pauline Britton Patricia L. “Pat” Bump* Arthur Capper* Martha Carithers* Dr. Michael & Marcia Cassidy Jeffrey & Kristin Chanay Avis Chitwood* Gary K. & Margaret A. Clarke Loretta “Lori” Class* L.M. “Bud”* & Dorothy* Cornish Edythe R. Crapson* Gay V. Crawford Laura Dalrymple & Jim Harris Don* & Edith* Depew Dorothy Diehl* Glenda DuBoise Cyrus H. Elting, Jr. & M. Carmen Ribas Elting Cyrus Harold Elting, Sr.* & Celeste* Elting Horace Eubank* Vivian C. Everett* John E. Farley* Richard Friedstrom Elizabeth French* Ezequiel Muñoz Galván Nancy J. Garfield, PhD Janice Gartrell* Marilyn L. Geiger Roberta M. Gillespie* Mary Case Gordy* & James Van Sickle Thomas Gregg* Frances H. Griest* Kathy & Alan Groesbeck John & Rita Grunwald Michael Hager Roy* & Mary C.* Hatke Mary E. Heiberger* Phyllis J. Henney* Margaret E. Herynk* Chuck & Kay Holle Pamela G. Hollie & P. F. Kluge

Irving E. Sheffel was a charter member of the Edward and Mary Wilder Society when it was created in 1998 along with his wife Peggy. Over the years they contributed to the Cotter Hirshberg Memorial Lecture Series, children’s programming, and other programs of the library. Auditorium A is named after them – Irving and Peggy Sheffel. Irv was assistant to Dr. Karl Menninger, co-founder of the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, for 40 years, and was known for his local philanthropy. He served on the Friends of the Library Board and was a lifetime member. Irv was married to two remarkable women. His first wife, Beth, died in 1995. His second wife, Peggy, died in 2012. Irv was living at Brewster before passing away on May 18, 2015. Walter L. Van Vleck Trust. Walter and Marge Van Vleck were Wilder Society members, becoming members in 2002. Both were big fans of the library especially the talking books service. Walt started a family business after returning from World War II. He eventually owned more than 30 auto parts stores and several taverns along with commercial properties in Topeka. After his first wife Ila passed away, he married Marge in 1995. She was an avid bridge player and loved to play golf. Together they loved traveling the world. Walt died in 2007 and Marge passed away December 5, 2014. Their gift through Walt’s trust was not designated and will be used to support ongoing programs of the


Rebecca Holmquist Jane Chandler Holt Bob* & Imogene* Hughes Glenn* & Catherine* Hussey Theodore* & Barbara* Hussey Jeff & Martha Imparato Jan J. Jaquith Myrtle Alice Jennings* Alexander Johnson* Jeanne A. & Andy Johnson Joy M. Johnson* G. Lester Jordan, Jr.* Carol A. Jory Doris & Warren Kinnett Jo Ann Klemmer Lillian F. Landberg* Glenda B. Leach David & Audrey Leamon Carolyn E. Litwin Fannie Mandelbaum* Melissa Masoner & Jim Concannon Craig & Robin Maxon Hugh* & Margaret* McCausland Kay McFarland* Linda H. McHenry Bernice L. McPeak* Evelyn Meade* Connie* & Walt Menninger Gina & Ried Millsap Jeanne Christie Mithen Mary Mae Moffet* Donald & Shirley Moses Jo Ann Myers Betty Jean Neal Jean & Emlin* North Marianna & Austin Nothern Marg Obourn Elaine O’Gara & Bob Shapiro Steve Page & Gwen McClain George S. Paris Dave & Carol Parker Robert & Frankie Parman John* & Lynda Parry Betty J. Penney Nancy Ann Perih Larry Peters & Barbara Waterman-Peters

Helen & John Petterson Timothy L. & Bobbie J.A. Pfeifer Pauline Cox Brown Pfuetze* Dick & Nancy Pratt Larry & Patty Pressman Katherine Park Pyle* & son: Oliver Holmes Gilliland* Dorothy Orr* Becky Richmond Carrie & Patrick Riordan Roxane & Raymond Riva Dr. Michael B. Roberts Roy Ruth* Alvin D. Schiesser* Julie & Robert Schloetzer Marjorie Schreiber* Myron S. Seeley, Jr.* John M. Shapiro* Kirke & Diane Snyder Elizabeth Stauffer* Edna Steel* Patricia M. Stender Marion D. Stevenson* Carolyn E. Stewart* Patricia L. Stinson* Bernard O. Stone* Jane C. Stormont* Karen C. Tappan Leo & Marva C. Taylor Warren E. Taylor Dr. Stephen & Joan Tempero Ron & Annette Thornburgh Ruth Turnipseed* Roger & Joan Underwood Walt* & Marge* Van Vleck Diane Waander Nancy E. Watkins Robert G. Webb Dorothy Wesley Woodson* Linda Woolf Lila Weissenberg* Larry A. & Susan K. William June Windscheffel Sarah Woellhof Alice M. Young* * denotes deceased



fter the library closed Saturday night, September 12, it was reopened to several hundred curious guests who were ready to discover the library in a new and eventful way. Library staff provided an evening of experiences as the many treasures our library has to offer were explored.


ith an Alice in Wonderland theme to go along with our newest bookmobile, the annual Wilder Society Tea in April was an enjoyable affair. We all know that in Alice in Wonderland, Alice sits down with the March hare and the Mad Hatter at a tea party. Everyone at our tea party had fun with their top hats, rabbit ears and crowns along with tasty food, tea and beautiful flowers.

Those experiences included: • Taking an exclusive walking tour of the stained glass windows • Joining a cast of supporters as they created “Why I love my library” videos in the screencasting room • Being delighted as they discovered the library’s best kept art treasures • Grabbing a prop and smiling in the photo booth • Seeing the latest design printing in the 3-D printer

• Being a kid again while participating in one of the kids activities • Watching the “AMH” automated book return machine as it checks in and sorts books • Exploring the latest exhibits in the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery • Sneaking a peak at the bookmobiles in the bus barn • Trying to stump our librarians at our neighborhood block party The event was co-sponsored by CoreFirst Bank & Trust and Investment Services and The Library Foundation as a way to update library supporters on what the library is doing and to create interest in new potential supporters of the library. Your library has so much to offer! If you are interested in a personal library tour, please contact us at (785) 580-4498.

The Edward and Mary Wilder Society is The Library Foundation’s planned giving or annual lifetime giving society. If you are interested in becoming a Wilder Society member or have an interest in attending our next tea on April 17, 2016, please contact The Foundation office.

I love that I can request a book on-line, then pick it up on my way home from work at the bookmobile!” Natalie Barbee 8

I’ve loved the library for years. Now I am especially grateful for the Red Carpet staff and services at Brewster Place!” Dottie Harder


REVENUE Donations


In-Kind Donations Investment Income Café Fees




Donated Services





EXPENDITURES Disbursements to the Library


Investment Fees, Operations & Fundraising





Foundation assets as of December 31, 2015












BOOKMOBILE Final Payment on “Alice”


ANNUAL DISTRIBUTION 5% from Various Investment Funds

7% TECHNOLOGY IMPROVEMENTS Baker Genealogy Scanner and Computer Training Room Monitors



Kids Library, IREAD, Teen Advisory Board, The Edge



Bronze Plaque & Stained Glass Art Window Restoration




Music for a Sunday Afternoon, Library Materials


584 DONORS IN 2015

REVENUE $675,526 IN 2014

$841,170 IN 2015

ASSETS $6,364,327 IN 2014

$6,514,509 IN 2015


The Library Foundation 2015 Board of Trustees



Becky Holmquist, Chair Steve Tempero, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect Joel Oliver, Treasurer Mark Baker Rich Hayse Marianna Nothern Robert Parman Julie Schloetzer Marsha Sheahan Jeanne Slusher Judi Stork Roger Underwood Marilyn Ward

STAFF EX OFFICIO MEMBERS Gina Millsap, CEO, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Sheryl Weller, CFO, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Nancy Lindberg, Executive Director, The Library Foundation TRUSTEE EMERITUS Chuck Engel Steve Page John Salisbury DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE Carolyn Ward OTHER LIBRARY STAFF Rob Banks, COO, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library

The many classes that are given free & the after school tutoring. Please keep these programs going. Thank you.” Star Hummer


EX OFFICIO MEMBERS Duane Johnson, Chair, Library Trustees Linda Hayse, President, Friends of the Library

Circulation TOTAL Bookmobile circulation Digital downloads Kid’s Library circulation Red Carpet circulation Kid’s Library borrowers (ages 4-17) Library visitors Art gallery visitors Program attendance (on and offsite) Summerfest hours of student reading New library cardholders Library cardholders

2,330,123 273,138 274,670 633,132 85,337 21,358 798,452 20,612 90,841 72,527 14,277 99,638

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