Library Annual Sponsorship Program Launch

The Grand Island Public Library Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its Library Annual Sponsorship Program. Area businesses, organizations and individuals can support the ongoing needs of the library and their patrons, with the annual sponsorship of the many library special events, programs and services. The Foundation, since 1961 has helped fill a gap to provide funding for innovative programs, facility updates and lifelong learning opportunities for library patrons, usually at no charge. The program will provide businesses recognition according to their desired sponsorship level.

“We are excited to be able to partner with many library advocates in our community in a way that provides more formalized recognition for their business. The sponsorship program provides the library funding to meeting community needs beyond what city funding can provide” Leigh Lillibridge, Foundation Executive Director shared.

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Grand Island Public Library Foundation Receives Award from the Nebraska Library Association

The Grand Island Public Library Foundation received the Nebraska Library Association Public Library and Trustee Section Advocacy Award on Saturday, November 13th. Pat Leach with the Nebraska Library Assocation presented the award to Foundation Board President, Alan Leper.

The award recognizes the foundation’s exceptional work in supporting the library. The Foundation provides annual support to the library for programs and events, as well as funding support for capital campaigns and facility improvements. The Foundation’s most recent project was the addition of the Sandhill Crane Sculputre which was installed at the library in September. The installation marked the end of a multi-year renovation campaign, supported by the Foundation.

For information on how you can make a donation or volunteer, contact Leigh Lillibridge at (308) 385-5333 or email:

Ed Meedel, Library Liaison, Pat Leach, Nebraska Library Assocation, Celine Swan, GIPL Director, Alan Lepler, GIPL Foundation Board President, Duane Burns, GIPS Foudation Past President, Leigh Lillibridge, GIPL Foundation Executive Director and Kim Mettenbrink, GIPL Foundation Volunteer Coordinator