Library Corner – March 8, 2017

Empowering individuals to build a stronger community
Craig Library participating in Roanoke Valley Gives

Our small library is playing with the big boys this year. Craig Library is one of the many non-profit organizations participating in Roanoke Valley Gives, an initiative of the Foundation for Roanoke Valley to support nonprofit organizations and community needs in our region. It serves as a year-round, online giving portal and as the main hub for the annual GiveBig Day which is scheduled for March 15, 2017.

GiveBig Day is an opportunity to see how much money can be raised by more than 150 groups in 24 hours. Of course, they accept money year around! All gifts are tax deductible and a tax receipt is sent automatically to each donor. You don’t have to wait till the 15 – today works just fine as does any day of the year. Last year the one day fundraiser brought in $366,541 from 4107 donors.

When reading the FAQs, I found that you can set up recurring donations. Here’s how it works: Your recurring gift will be processed at the time frame you have selected. Each time your donation is processed you will receive a receipt via email to let you know the transaction occurred.

When you go to you will find the tab “Participating Organizations” with an alphabetical list of all the groups. You can also find Craig County Library listed in three categories: Education; Community Development; Arts and Culture.

To make it more fun, we’ve developed four giving levels and named them for four famous authors. Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain, Louisa Mae Alcott, and William Shakespeare. You can also dedicate your gift to a favorite person or in memory of someone – a parent, grandparent, a favorite teacher or child or perhaps that person who got you excited about reading. Be sure to share on Facebook or other social media, too.

Roanoke Valley Gives charges a fee of 3.75% of your gift plus a $0.35 transaction fee. If you prefer to donate directly to the library, checks to CCPL can be brought by the library or mailed to Craig Library, 303 Main Street, New Castle VA 24127. However you decide to give, please know that the folks at the library are very grateful and are glad to be connected to you!

Martha Dillard, library volunteer

Library events:

March 13: Library Board meeting, 6 pm at the library children’s area. Enjoy an opportunity to sit on small children’s seats and gather round the children’s table to hear the big plans for your library. Public address is on the agenda, so if you have great ideas for us, that is your opportunity!

March 15: Big Give Day: any donation is appreciated. Go to and type Library in the search bar to select Craig Library. Why give to us? Because we give back to the community in so many ways! Because a gift to the library is an investment for the future of our community. Because we depend on gifts to keep our everyday expenses paid. If everyone gives what they can, we can continue to provide excellent services for you!

March 16: Small Business program 7:00pm Craig Botetourt Electric Cooperative Co-sponsored with VA Cooperative Extension. Tom Tanner from the Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center in Roanoke will be the guest speaker. Tom has extensive knowledge in running a small business, spanning across several areas including multiple store operation, accounting, finance, small business taxes, marketing, business plan writing, strategic planning, project management and six sigma process improvement. This program is open to everyone, and there is no charge to attend. Additional programs covering topics to help small business operations can be offered in the future if there is enough interest. Suggestions are welcome, and a short form will be provided during the program so participants can list their interest. Please pre-register by calling the Craig County Extension office at 540-864-5812, or the Craig County Public Library at 540-864-8978 by March 14th. If you are a person with a disability and desire assistance or accommodation, please notify Andy Allen at 504-864-5812 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

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