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TheGreatGivesApril 2, 2014

I M M E D I A T E  R E L E A S E

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Sara Franklin,The Lollar Group

Pat Ryan, Executive Director, Public Libraries In Jefferson County

Jefferson County Library Cooperative to Host First Annual "The Great Give" Fundraising Campaign
May 13 & 14 Online Campaign Will Benefit 40 Local Municipal Libraries

Birmingham, Ala.- The Jefferson County Library Cooperative is announcing plans for this year's online fundraising campaign, "The Great Give." It will take place on Tues., May 13 and Wed., May 14 and will help further the important work of the 40 municipal libraries in the Jefferson County area.

"It is hard to think of life without the library cooperative," said Patricia Ryan, Jefferson County Library Cooperative Executive Director. "That is why we are so excited to share news about The Great Give campaign. We can't wait to celebrate the difference the community's generosity will make in May. It's two extraordinary days to support the 40 Public Libraries In Jefferson County that make our area special, and it provides the opportunity for local residents to make a real impact."

Due to extreme funding cuts over the past several years, the library cooperative is using the campaign for continued assistance to keep the "40 Libraries. 1 County. 1 Card." system alive.

The Jefferson County Library Cooperative works behind-the-scenes to coordinate the services that link our 40 libraries with "one card" for everyone those in the county. The core services made available to all county residents are as follows:

  • Nearly 2 million items in 40 libraries countywide
  • In person, or online holds on items at any library in the county
  • Delivery service - the items residents want where they want to pick them up
  • 24/7 catalog, downloadable audio (7,174) & E-books (13,440)
  •  Information databases
  • Internet access – Free WiFi available in 40 libraries
  • Books-By-Mail for the homebound
  • IT Support for member libraries

The Great Give fundraising campaign will assist the library cooperative as it works to continue linking our 40 libraries with our Jefferson County constituents. Those interested in donating to The Great Give on May 13 and 14 will be able to do so by logging onto All donations will be tax-deductible as the Jefferson County Library Cooperative, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

The 40 Public Libraries in Jefferson County will be using #TheGreatGive to promote the campaign on social media sites.

About Jefferson County Library Cooperative

The mission of the Jefferson County Library Cooperative is to connect all citizens by providing resources and community-building opportunities that inspire life-long learning. The Public Libraries In Jefferson County have been cooperating since 1978 with 22 member libraries (40 locations). To learn more, visit