Sumner Public Library Foundation (SPLF)

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What is SPLF?

Just as the foundation of a home provides stability to its structure, the SPLF provides continued stability and support to the Library.

SPLF is a non-profit entity providing long term supplementary support for the Library: its mission, purposes, services, building, and site. 

Why donate?

Donations to SPLF are tax deductible and do not replace the day to day budget of the Library. By contributing to the SPLF, donors ensure the Sumner Public Library will continue to enhance our community with materials and services to educate and entertain long into the future.

Purpose of the Foundation:

Established in 2001, the Foudation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation orgainzied for the purpose of providing a continuous source of financial assistance to the Sumner Public Library through the soliciation of tax-deductible contributions from private sources.

Foundation funds are maintained separately from an independently of either the city's annual library operational appropriation or any library capital improvement funds derived from the city's sale of municipal bonds, revenue certificates, or city-owned property.

As a non-profit organization, the Foundation serves as the catalyst needed to provide materials and services not traditionally provided for for the Sumner Public Library through tax-based funding, as well as a source of funding for additional building projects.

Recent History: 

2018: SPLF purchased: Security cameras, bike rack, wooden book bench, large planters and LED flagpole lighting.

2019: Thanks to the generous memorial gift in memory of Don William Meyerhoff, the computer room was completely remodeled: cubicles removed, new paint, carpeting, LED lighting, shelving, and meeting  table.

2020: The SPLF continues to provide funds for additional programs, services, and materials. This would not be possible  without continued donations and memorials to the Sumner Public Library Foundation.

2021: The SPLF matched the funds provided by the Bremer County Community Foundation to refresh the Library's landscaping and build an outdoor sheltered programming area.

Board of Directors:

The Foundation is governed by a five member Board of Directors. Directors volunteer to fill positions.

  • Deborah Salsbury- President
  • Emily Smith- Vice President
  • George Fisher- Secretary
  • Beth Becker- Treasurer
  • Sophia Marvets- Library Director