All libraries in the Appalachian Regional Library system, except for the Western Watauga Branch Library, are currently open to the public. Masks are required to enter, and building capacities and length of visits will be reduced for the time being.
Wilkes County Library Endowment
Making a Great Library Even Better
The Wilkes Library Endowment was established in 2001 to provide a perpetual stream of funding for the Library. The Endowment supplements funding the library receives from Wilkes County and the State of North Carolina, and allows us to maintain a cutting edge approach in the delivery of library services.
With an endowed fund, the principal amount is kept intact while a portion of the investment income is available for use in perpetuity. The fund is held at The Winston-Salem Foundation.
Since 2007, more than $290,000 has been distributed by The Winston-Salem Foundation to the Library from the Wilkes Library Endowment. Income from the endowment has allowed us to fund priority needs of the Library, including purchasing adult and children’s non-fiction materials, picture books, computers and audiovisual collections, and creating a new teen center.
The governing board of the Wilkes Library Endowment Council consists of nine members, who serve without compensation. Future plans for the Wilkes Library Endowment include growth of the fund through an annual fund solicitation and the addition of a planned giving program. Current economic challenges add to the importance of perpetual, supplemental funding sources for the library.
To make a gift to the Wilkes Library Endowment at The Winston-Salem Foundation, click here.
To include the Wilkes Library Endowment in your estate plans, please contact the County Librarian, Aimee James, via e-mail or phone (336-838-2818), or Philanthropic Services at The Winston-Salem Foundation (336-725-2382).