From Anime to Okee Dokee Brothers to a Quiet Place to Read

You can make possibilities blossom at the library.

You can help change lives. 

In 1990, the Duluth Library Foundation was established for the purpose of providing private support for quality programming and materials for the Library. Our generous donors share a vision for a well-funded library of outstanding quality, one that promotes literacy and wellness for the youngest library users and lifelong learning for all.

That passion makes a difference. In 2016, wonderful things happened at the library:

  • The wildly popular Teen Anime & Manga Club, which has up to 62 teens each month coming to the library, was funded by the Duluth Library Foundation.
  • In 2016, through a gracious Pachel Foundation grant secured by the Library Foundation, the Library was able to offer  STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) kits for elementary-school children to check out, for the first time.
  • A new computer station dedicated exclusively for teen use at the West Duluth Branch Library was also made possible in partnership with the Pachel Foundation.
  • In partnership with the very generous Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation, the Library Foundation secured funding to furnish the new Blue Room–for reading, studying, and holding programming—at the Mount Royal Branch Library.
  • Summer Kaleidoscope programs provide a free outdoor event twice every Tuesday on the Library Plaza. Last year the Foundation made it possible to bring in the Grammy award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers for two performances. Kids and parents love to sing and dance along with these three-time Parent’s Choice Award winners.
  • A grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation made it possible for the library to purchase an additional 250 books for the littlest library users, infants and toddlers.
  • Thursday evenings all summer featured live music on the Library Plaza, which was supported by the Foundation.

For twenty-six years, the Foundation has built private support, promoted public commitment to the Library, and celebrated the positive role the Library plays in the community. We hope you will join us!