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Rachel Basinger | For the Daily Courier
Patti Miller, Scottdale Public Library director, cuts a cake to celebrate the success of this year's 'Love Your Library' campaign.
By Rachel Basinger
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Surpassing two goals already, Scottdale Public Library officials are elated about the success of their “Love Your Library” fundraising campaign this year.

With an original goal of $15,000 over February and most of March, the group found the need to raise that number to $18,000 since the original goal was met before the campaign was officially over.

The library ended up with approximately $18,300 through the campaign.

Library Director Patti Miller said she is very pleased with the way things turned out this year.

“Originally, I was concerned with what I see in our economy, that it would be hard to raise the money. But at a time when the library is providing services the community needs, I think they just wanted to be a part of helping out,” she said.

“It might seem like a lofty goal when we start out, but a little at a time and all together, we can do it,” Miller added.

The library had help with a larger donation from one family in particular.

Glenn and Carole Johnson of Greensburg have been good friends of the library, and several years ago donated funds to remodel the children's room in memory of their daughter, Beth Ann Johnson, who was killed in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988.

Four years ago, they decided to partner with the library to help with its financial dilemma.

“At first they pitched in with a 50-cent donation for every $1 raised, but then they decided to challenge the community and donate $100 for the age their daughter would be, had she lived, as long as the community matched it,” said Miller.

That put the challenge at $4,300 three years ago; $4,400 two years ago; $4,500 last year; and $4,600 this year.

Carole Johnson said she is not surprised at the response year after year to this fundraiser.

“Scottdale is a very community-minded town,” she said. “It's just another testimony to the town, that even with the cutbacks, the library still doesn't have to close on Fridays or cut hours. It really speaks well of the community.”

Her husband, Glenn, said it has been obvious over the years that the community loves their library — even six years ago or more when they were looking to build a new facility.

“The fact that they were able to take on a whole building project and have it built two years in advance, with no debt, just proves that the community is 100 percent behind this library,” he said.

Miller said with the help of the community, they will be able to continue offering the needed services.

“I think it's a bad thing, when times are tough economically, to take services away that people need,” she said. “This is when it's time to up your game.”

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

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