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Help for the Homeless

For the 5th year in a row, Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library is participating in a drive to collect new hygiene items for Help for the Homeless. And to inspire you to donate to this worthy cause, we are offering a Fines Amnesty period for the length of the drive, March 3-30, 2014. Receive $1 off your library fines for every item you donate to Help for the Homeless during this period. (Your donation is not applicable toward fees for damaged or lost materials or bills.) All donations go to support agencies working with the homeless in the Fox Cities. Here's an example of how your donations can change lives:

"Our clientele often have been couch hopping and/or have not had a stable place of their own for quite some time. The support we get through this drive allows us to offer our residents and their children the items they need, like diapers, wipes, toothbrushes and shampoo. These simple provisions, that we often take for granted, allow us to help our residents reach larger goals like employment, education and parenting. 'When I came to the House of Hope, I had nothing but the clothes on my back. I was immediately provided the hygiene products I needed and I really appreciated how comfortable it made me feel to know I didn’t have to worry about these things and I had everything I needed.
From a House of Hope Program Resident -Carrie Schatzman, House of Hope Program Manager

Most urgent needs include:Help for the Homeless helpers

  • Soaps: Laundry, Dish, Bar, Soft, Shower Gel, Shampoo
  • Diapers (sizes 3- and Pull-Ups)
  • Deodorant (unscented)
  • Wet Wipes for babies
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothbrushes & toothpaste
  • Paper Towels
  • Disposable Razors
  • Tampons

Even if you don't need to take advantage of the Fines Amnesty period, please consider bringing your donation to Help for the Homeless to the library today. Donation boxes are placed at the entries to both library locations. Thanks in advance for supporting those in need in your community!

Thank You, Cheesefest!

The library is blessed to have wonderful community support through a strong network of faithful volunteers to financial donations that make special projects possible.

The Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival has provided generous support for the library for several years now, and with their help we have been able to focus our early literacy efforts into the creation of a very successful 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. We were thrilled this past Fall when they again chose to honor the library with a grant that enabled us to purchase new books to enhance our early literacy collections at the Gerard H. Van Hoof Library in Little Chute. It has been exciting to see the new materials coming in and being put into the hands of eager young readers and their families.

new books with a thank you Cheesefest sign

Stop by the library to see the display of materials purchased with this grant, check some titles out for your family, and thank those who serve or work each year at the Cheese Festival for making this dream possible.

Community Support is Appreciated

Each year, as we prepare for the Summer Reading Program, we invite community businesses and civic groups to make a donation to support the program. The funds received help pay for the fabulous performers who fill our program days in the middle of each week, purchase books & grand prizes given as incentives for children who are reaching their weekly reading goals, and other expenses to support the costs of the program.

Without the support of the community, our Summer Reading Program would simply not be possible. Contributing organizations have our profuse thanks for continuing their support of reading, literacy, and lifelong learning. We're off to a good start this year with donations slowing accumulating. At the time of this writing, we have received contributions from the following agencies:

  • American Legion Jacob Coppus Post No. 258
  • BLC Community Bank
  • Kimberly Area Soccer Association
  • Kiwanis Club of Little Chute
  • TOPS WI 727 Kimberly
  • TOPS WI 875 Kimberly

In-kind donations have also been received from:

  • Kimberly Parks & Rec
  • The Learning Shop
  • Little Chute Parks & Rec
  • Village Limits Supper Club
  • Alexis Ludewig

THANK YOU!! to all of our supporters. We are grateful, and we look forward to another exciting summer!