Director’s fund challenge match accepted at library

By on November 5, 2015
Ephrata Public Library Director of Development Joy Ashley (left) ac - cepts an annual fund $5,000 challenge match donated by Penny  Talbert, executive director, on Oct. 19.

Ephrata Public Library Director of Development Joy Ashley (left) accepts an annual fund $5,000 challenge match donated by Penny Talbert, executive director, on Oct. 19.

The director of the Ephrata Public Library is supporting her workplace with her own money — and in the process is challenging others to do the same.

“This is a brand new $5,000 challenge,” said Joy Ashley, Ephrata Public Library director of development.

“Our executive director, Penny Talbert is showing her personal investment in our library.”

“True,” said Talbert. “I’m always asking people for money for our heavily used full-service library. Some people are quick to ask ‘What about you?’ So, although I always give, this year’s challenge match is different.

“I’m currently doing a lot of staff development training in competency-based instruction in Kentucky,” said Talbert. “Here at Ephrata Library we hosted 50 to 60 librarians from across Pennsylvania for competency-based staff development.”

Talbert said she is frequently asked to speak at meetings and conferences.

“I’m donating my training/speaking fees back to the library,” she said.

“Our own staff also needs to take this training annually and score at least 90 percent on the test at the end.”

And if they don’t?

“It is learn or let go,” said Talbert. “We can’t maintain our excellent customer service level without this. When something new comes along, like a new software program, everyone needs to learn to use it well.”

This is the third challenge grant for the library’s 25th Annual Fund Drive.

“Ephrata National Bank kick-started the Fund Drive with a $6,000-challenge match. Summers Trucking contributed a second $6,000 challenge match. Both challenges were met,” said Talbert.

“My donation reflects what many people do. For example, when we needed to lay off staff last year, they were out in the community on their days off raising money.”

Talbert said the need is great.

“I could go on and on with examples of dwindling state funding and what’s needed to maintain this busy library and its many programs,” she said.

Anyone wishing more information regarding Ephrata Public library may call the library at 728-9291.

 

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