Alachua County Library District Foundation, Inc.

401 E. University Ave.
Gainesville, Florida 32601




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Katherine's Tree is a ten foot high "donor tree" located at the Headquarters Library in downtown Gainesville.  It embodies Giving and Sharing.

The Tree is an etched-glass rendition of the Tree of Knowledge surrounded by an impressive oak frame and base.

Each leaf on Katherine's Tree represents an endowment gift of $2,000 or more.  Gifts may be for variety of reasons: to honor or memorialize persons, to commemorate birthdays, anniversaries, or other special occasions.


photo: ACLD, S. Sterling, with permission

Katherine's Tree is named for Katherine Ann Tubb (1976 - 1991), a young woman who, during her brief life, was an avid reader and library user.  Katherine Ann Tubb was the daughter of Gainesville residents, George and Marilyn Tubb.  The Friends of the Library erected the Tree in 1995, and continues to place leaves on it to honor or remember its members for their work on behalf of the library.  Other leaves honor ACLD Staff, or ACLD Directors upon their retirement.  The Kosman Foundation has funded the annual Guy Hudspeth Library Award, named for the Archer Branch Library Manager, to recognize outstanding service by a staff members.  Many individuals in the community have also given leaves.

There are many benefits of giving, both tangible and intangible, including:

Publicly displaying your own and/or honoree's support for the ACLD.


Tax deductions.


Reduction (or elimination of) capital gains taxes.


Investment in the long-term stability of the library.


Satisfaction of helping future generations of Alachua County citizens.

Since November 12, 2014, Katherine's Tree leaves have been added for Ilse G. Weissmann (donated in her memory by Lynne & Robert Holt); Arlyn Lee Austin and Matilda Hudnall Cockrell (in their honor by their mother/daughter Mitzi Austin); and Anita Jenkins-McCarter (Guy Hudspeth Award for 2014).  On March 13, 2016, the Foundation held its third annual Katherine's Tree Reception for those individuals whose leaves were added during the previous year.  In all, eight new leaves were installed, with one of them being the Guy Hudspeth Award for 2015 honoring Kathi Harris.  Two other leaves honored the exceptional volunteer work of Sue Harms and Pat Marshall for the Friends of the Library.  Gerald Kidder and Kathryn Larme Kidder's leaves were reflective of their donation to the Foundation, and Anne H. Little (grandmother of Katherine Anne Tubb, for whom the tree is named) was remembered in memoriam by friends, as was Marjorie J. Alexander for her volunteer work with the ACLD Foundation.

Click here or use the link above at the left – Legacy Campaign Form – to make a gift.