What Our Donors Fund

The Lewis & Clark Library Foundation raises funds to support ongoing enhancements and improvements and public programming at every Library branch to ensure patrons of all ages have the highest quality library services available to them. This is just a sampling of the "wish list" items funded by the Foundation over the past few years:

  • AUGUSTA: wifi hotspots, a telescope to view the night sky, yoga classes for seniors, and author programs.

  • EAST HELENA: Legos for friendly building competitions, books for books clubs, and teen programs.

  • LINCOLN: books for their local book club, art supplies, and books to give to patrons visiting the Bookmobile.

  • In HELENA, the Children's Library received funds to launch their Beanstack literacy program, to purchase Playaways (pre-loaded book recordings), and supported a new 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program.

  • The Teen Program received funding for TAG -- Teen Advisory Group -- activities, and special boxes with free books and other fun literature-related items were given away. The PAL book vending machine continues to be a big hit with the students as well as the portable video/audio recording kits.

  • The Foundation has supported the annual NEA Big Read for more than a decade and this year (2022) funded a new month-long Community Read focused on Lisa See's novel, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane with a visit by the author.

  • And in 2019, the Words on Wheels book bike hit the streets and made the rounds of farmer's markets, outdoor events, and parks providing books, videos, hot spots, and the opportunity to get a library card.

  • The Foundation also contributed $100,000 toward the $6 million remodel of the Helena Library that has made the library more structurally sound, with better use of spaces, an expanded children's area, and more and better meeting rooms with functional furnishings and upgraded technology.

How are we making Lewis & Clark Library better?