The Friends of the Ogdensburg Public Library announced Friday the receipt of a $25,000 gift, the first major donation to the recently-incorporated group that supports the programs and services of the library.
Drs. Ravinder and Barbara Agarwal donated $25,000 to the Friends for the creation of the Barbara and Ravinder Agarwal Fund.
The uses of this fund as stipulated is for library materials and to allow the Friends to sponsor programs and contests for children, especially to promote writing, public speaking, and similar skills. The donors have further stipulated that these funds should be spent within five years.
Mrs. Agarwal is a Friends member.
We know that these are hard times for library budgets, he said in a prepared statement. And we know that many people depend of their library for books, movies, music, and computer access. Our gift is intended to allow the Library to continue to provide everyone with they have come to expect.
In accepting the donation, Friends President Maureen Kravec noted the boost this donation will give to the Friends.
The Agarwals have once again shown their genuine concern for this community and the health of its institutions, she said. The library is depending upon the Friends more than ever to help make ends meet. The gift will accomplish a great deal of good.
This generous donation is important, especially in light of recent budget cuts such as the Countys total elimination of public library funding, said Library Director Wayne L. Miller. But it is no more important than the participation in volunteer activities shown by the Agarwals. This is a great example of the kind of community spirit and support that created and continues to sustain the library. I share the Ravinder and Barbaras desire for their gift to spur others to consider how they can support the Friends of Ogdensburg Public Library.