Foundation Board

Who we are and what we fund

Thanks to your support, the Library Foundation raised over $60,000 in 2019. This includes funds raised at the Feast of Words, Memberships, and our end-of-year giving campaign.

The Library Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to raise funds and community support to ensure vibrant libraries in Hood River County. Funds are distributed at the direction of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, a volunteer group of private citizens.

Contact us if you would like to join the Foundation Board or serve on a Committee.

2020 Donations to help during COVID-19

  • Donated $10,000 to the Hood River County School District to purchase books for students to have at home. These funds will prioritized for students in Kindergarten through 5th Grades
  • $4,000 to the library to add more digital subscriptions for library patrons

 

2019 Projects – Donated Total $60,000

  • 2019 Feast of Words raised over $30,000 to improve library services in the community of Odell
  • Library of Things collection
  • Paint interior of the Hood River Library
  • All magazines & newspapers, digital subscriptions, and movie licensing
  • Continued support for Hood River Reads
  • Benches

2018 Projects – Donated $47,000 Total

  • 2018 Feast of Words raised over $23,000 to relocate and remodel the Cascade Locks Library
  • New Spanish language collection for use in Odell
  • All magazines & newspapers, digital subscriptions, and movie licensing
  • Continued support for Hood River Reads

2017 Projects – Donated $50,000 Total

  • 2017 Feast of Words raised over $25,000 to update and modernize library furniture and create the Maker Space
  • Remodel Parkdale library
  • Computer replacement project
  • Supplement collection development budget
  • All magazines & newspapers, digital subscriptions, and movie licensing
  • Continued support for Hood River Reads

2016 Projects – Donated $47,500 Total AND the Endowment Fund grew $53,472!

Raised $25,000 at the 2016 Feast of Words to revitalize the Children’s Library

All magazine and newspaper subscriptions

The downloadable e-book and audiobook service Library2Go including new auto and genealogy databases

Continued support for the Spanish language collection, purchasing new adult, teen, and kids books, audios, and videos

Support for Hood River Reads to increase the number of books available to give away

2015 Projects – Donated $55,000 Total
  • 2015 Feast of Words Raised over $30,000 to revitalize the Georgiana Smith Gardens adjacent to the Hood River Library. These funds supported improvements to the watering system, new plants, bike racks, fencing — which all help make our library grounds a special place in the hear of Hood River.
  • Contributed to periodicals, electronic resources and collections
  • Support for Hood River Reads

 History 

  • 1913 – With the help of local women and a $17,500 grant from the Carnegie Foundation, the original brick building opened its doors.
  • 1998 – The Library Foundation was formed to spearhead a $4 million fundraising drive to remodel and expand the Hood River library.
  • 2004 – The Foundation led the charge to create Hood River’s beautiful and beloved Georgiana Smith Memorial Library Park by raising $210,000 and securing a land donation from the Stoltz family.
  • 2011 – After a year of closure, we reopened our libraries thanks to the Foundation’s $200,000 Open Early Campaign which funded all operations prior to receiving property taxes, preventing the District from incurring debt to open the doors.
  • 2013 – Creation of a young adult section at Hood River including furniture and an expanded collection of teen books and new magazine section shelving in the atrium of the Hood River branch
 
Board of Directors 2020
  • Jen Bayer, President
  • Dawn Fitchen, Vice-President
  • Anne Gehrig, Secretary
  • Amanda Goeke, Treasurer
  • Kalen Gigler
  • Cathi Lannon
  • Dale Hill
  • Michael Schock