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From Patti Kim -- Author and Vice-Chair of the PGCMLS Foundation Board

I give to the library because I get so much from the library.

We've had a rock bottom kind of year, but one of the positives that accompanies rough times is noticing the good stuff we've been taking for granted.  Right up there with family, friends, neighbors, first responders, healthcare and essential workers is a renewed appreciation for the library. It has been a steady beacon for me. Whether it's an audio book through Libby or a movie through Kanopy or WiFi access or a curbside book or a virtual event, the library has faithfully served. It is a great equalizer in an often unequal society. So why do I give my money and time to PGCMLS? Because I receive so much. If you've also been touched by anything the library offers, please consider giving back and giving forward. No matter how large or small, your donation provides an ongoing rippling effect of benefits for our community.

"It was a wonderful program, and that's why I donated this morning. Thank you so much!!"
- Kathy
"Libraries play an extremely important role in our community. This has been even more evident during the current COVID restriction period. Even though the branches were/are closed, PGCMLS made electronic reading materials, videos, and other forms of entertainment and education available through online sources. They continued their “Ask a Librarian” services. They redirected funds from purchasing hard copy books to electronic books to provide wider access to these materials. They also provided parking-lot accessible WIFI services to citizens who needed them."
- Ann
"Happy to be able to give, even if it is just a little! Thank you for hosting this virtual event! "
- Rachele
"Libraries are so vitally important to our communities and have always been ahead of the curve in the way they serve our citizens. An investment in libraries is an investment in an educated populace."
- Michelle
“The libraries helped me immensely during my graduate program time. Utilizing the free Wi-Fi, and being able to print much less expensive than at Staples or somewhere like that, and the hours of operation allowed me to utilize in mornings, and late evenings as needed! I am very appreciative.”
- Kevin
“It's our pleasure to support the library. It's been an important resource for us over the years and has given us much enjoyment.”
- Saralyn
“Thanks so much for your commitment to the community during this time. Curbside pickup has been such a blessing!”
- Stephanie
“My mother introduced me to the public library at an early age and, to this day, I still love public libraries.”
- Ingrid
“I bought the t-shirt as a gift for my dad who is a huge fan of the PGCMLS system.”
- Cynthia
“I am constantly amazed how the library is reinventing itself to meet our needs as a population in pandemic. I appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you! And, I am sure that when I can finally walk through the doors, see all the books – and staff! – I’ll cry in joy.”
- Anonymous
“Even though I had to move, the library there will forever remain close to my heart for all the ways it has supported my education, research, computer, internet, scanning, and printing needs in addition to the most wonderful resource -- the librarians themselves.”
- Melanie
“We love you!”
- Anonymous
“I was seven years old when I received my first library card. I felt like I had the key to the world. It opened the doors to my love for books and helped me achieve my academic goals. Years later, I have a Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in I/O psychology, but I wouldn't have made it without the help of PGCMLS gives to the Latino community. Thank you for your help!”
- Anonymous
“Part of what I miss so much about going TO the library is seeing our excellent Hyattsville staff. There is much to be said for a smile, a greeting that personal touch -- something Team HVL excels at!”
- Anonymous
“Thank you for serving a great public resource. Growing up, the Prince George's County Library system was a significant asset in my educational development.”
- Kemi
“I keep being astounded by the excellence of your programs and communication. You folks are really outstanding and I thank you for keeping us going during the pandemic. You are also setting examples for other library systems in the area. We are so grateful.”
- Rachel
“Your program was a model for all other partners to emulate in terms of the co-branding and level of engagement last year. We look forward to a similar outcome this year.”
- Alex, Washington Nationals
“I wanted you to know how proud you should be of these two ladies who represent so well the PGCMLS. They are a true representation of employees who love their jobs and because of them, I have not felt alone and separated by COVID. Instead, I was able to connect with some new kindred spirits and smile in the midst of a pandemic. Please accept my most sincere appreciation for their talents and especially for sharing their time with strangers.”
- Tracye