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A fight over fundraising in the Lancaster library world

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Sep 22, 2014 2:41 AM
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(Lancaster) -- A fight among some Lancaster County libraries over fundraising is in full swing, as the county system isn't on the same page as two community libraries.

The fight stems from the Library System of Lancaster County's proposal to raise money from donors across the county.

But, the Lancaster Public Library notes while the concept may sound harmless on its face, it could confuse donors and leave the city library with less money to operate.

Jenn Wiggin, the library's development director, says a proposed contract allows the county to take at least 90 percent of the money it raises.

"There are rules to fundraising. Fundraising for libraries is local. It always has been and it likely always will be. And our patrons want to know that the money that they donate locally stays local."

Lancaster and Ephrata libraries have refused to sign on, saying their concerns didn't get addressed.

Brandon Danz, president of the county library system's board, says it doesn't want to compete for the same donors, and notes a majority of libraries have agreed to the fundraising proposal.

"We're moving forward with this fundraising initiative, and we feel that this fundraising initiative is supplemental to the great fundraising work that's already being done by libraries, not competitive with it," says Danz.

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