September 13, 2019 — Gift from Toyota of Rockwall
Steven Jackson, President of Toyota of Rockwall, presented a check of $1,000 to Rockwall County Friends of the Library on September 13, 2019 as an Event Sponsor for the 2019-2020 calendar year. Fundraising Co-Chairs Edie Zehr and Milly Cundy were on-hand to receive Mr. Jackson’s gift on behalf of the organization. Event Sponsors help the Fundraising Committee defray the cost of the events and all proceeds will be presented to our County Library and will be used for projected needs, services and special projects to include supplemental funding to the Children’s Programs, Adult Literacy Center and to assist the Library with funding for supplemental purchases to improve the quality of services. Toyota of Rockwall is well-known in the area for its generous support to the Rockwall community.
September 8, 2018 — Happy 10th Anniversary!
The results are in! Please celebrate our 10 years of serving together in the new library building on Yellow Jacket Road. With our community, Friends has raised over half a million dollars, and given that to the Rockwall County Library for materials, furniture, technology equipment, literacy supplies, and programs for all ages.
Join the celebration on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at the library, from 11am-1pm!
December 2016 — New Computers in the Children’s Area
This year Friends was able to purchase two new Early Literacy Station computers in the children’s area to replace the last of the older units. This brings to a total of 6 updated AWE computers that Friends has purchased for the Children’s Area with touch-screen technology and educational games for children ages 2-8. These computers contain counting and letter recognition games for preschoolers, read-along stories, and math, science and geography games for older children. These sturdy computers not only encourage literacy and STEM skills, but also build digital literacy skills too. “These computers are a huge success with our families and the children’s department truly appreciates the generosity of Friends in providing the updated technology for our young patrons,” says Children’s Librarian, Doreen Miller.
February 2016 — Major Gift to Friends and the Library Announced
At the February 2016 meeting, Friends President Gloria Bishop announced a recent major gift to the Friends of $75,000 from Rockwall residents Gail and Jim McCurry. While the gift is unrestricted in its use by the library, of special interest to the McCurrys are the programs offered through the Adult Literacy Center which has been supported by Friends since 2000.
Both Gail and Jim are former educators and believe in the power of education to transform people’s lives. “Education is the solution to a lot of our problems in the world today,” said Jim. “We use the library ourselves and it is dear to our hearts. We were really impressed with the Adult Literacy Center and the opportunity it provides for the students to improve their lives and those of their entire family,” added Gail. In recognition of their gift, the center has been renamed the Gail and Jim McCurry Adult Literacy Center.