Other Funding Opportunities
A city cannot be great without a great library. The mission of the Huntsville Library Foundation is to advocate for the Library and to acquire resources that enhance the Library’s value to the community. With your help, we can keep Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (HMCPL) in step with 21st-century library concepts that provide the best resources and opportunities for our citizens to excel. Download a PDF of all giving opportunities here.
These are key library programs that are free to the public, but clearly need funds to operate effectively and efficiently.
Digital Media Zone: $60,000
The Digital Media Zone provides users with access to downloadable books, videos, and music online 24/7. Library patrons are able to checkout and download materials to their computer, burn to a CD, or transfer items to their portable devices.
Summer Reading Program: $25,000
On Your Mark, Get Set, READ! Last year, over 30,000 children and teens participated in the HMCPL summer reading program, and we are gearing up for more summer reading fun this year. Free for all families, this high-impact resource helps prevent the “summer slide,” while educating and entertaining all ages.
Ready Readers: $5,000
The Ready Readers program impacts the lives of over 1200 children. Each month, Ready Readers visits 68 Title 1 Pre-K, head start, first class Pre-K, and kid skills classrooms across Huntsville, Madison, and Madison County. Teachers in these classrooms are loaned a variety of books and materials to help supplement instruction. Librarians from the Extension and Outreach Department and HMCPL provide these preschoolers with enriching storytimes that focus on developing the six preliteracy skills: oral language, print awareness, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, print motivation and narrative skills. Strength in these areas will help lay the foundation for future academic success and foster a lifelong love of learning.
After a forced hiatus since the original BookMobile broke down in 2012, the new BookMobile made its debut in the Tennessee Valley this summer to a very enthusiastic reception! Its primary beneficiaries are the geographically isolated, at-risk children, and senior citizens. A new collection was needed for this new BookMobile. Purchasing that collection required an initial investment of at least $25,000, an amount that has not been met. Ongoing financial support for the BookMobile is also necessary for periodic collection updates. In addition to the cost of the collection comes staffing, vehicle maintenance, and fuel.
The BookMobile also represents the Library at outdoor events, rallies, and festivals, while providing services for the public at these events. We offer sponsorship opportunities for local businesses who want high visibility via a vehicle sporting their company's logo across Madison County in exchange for funds to keep the service going.
Specific Sponsorship Programs/Opportunities
This is a list of sponsorship opportunities that provide the Foundation with a basis to support the key programs listed on the reverse side and other internal library grants that may be presented by a branch. These are ideal for a business or corporate sponsor in providing maximum exposure and public relations/marketing possibilities.
Community Conversations is a quarterly series presented by the Huntsville Library Foundation to raise money for HMCPL by bringing in authors to discuss their books and their writing process. These events are held in locations around Madison County to bring awareness to the Foundation’s efforts to support the Library’s programs and services. The Foundation’s goal for each event is to raise $3,000 in ticket sales.
The BookBike is a cool and unique marketing opportunity for the library. It is typically used for parades, street festivals, special events, art walks, expos, and food truck rallies. In 2015, the BookBike was present at over 44 events, featured on several news stations, and in communities throughout Huntsville and Madison County.
Rocket City NerdCon is a fan convention for nerds! It exists as a place where anyone can come and share, show off, and discover all the ways you can enjoy your inner fanatic. From TV shows to movies, comic books to classic literature, cosplay to coin collecting, if you “geek out” about it, Rocket City NerdCon wants to celebrate it. Over 500 attendees enjoyed the many vendors presented during the weekend of NerdCon.
Vive Le Livre is an annual Library gala that provides an opportunity for the audience to hear from nationally renowned authors. It’s the biggest fundraiser for the library and sponsorship opportunities are available.