Alachua County Library District Foundation, Inc.

401 E. University Ave.
Gainesville, Florida 32601




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Special events heighten community awareness of the Foundation and its purpose and goals. The Foundation holds its own events and sometimes participates in other community events.


The ACLD Foundation Annual Meeting, held Sunday September 11th, had as its theme “Celebrating 25 Years of the Headquarters Library.” The theme was carried through with table decorations that included books from the library collection published in 1991, bookmarks with notable titles from 1991 at each seat, and a beautiful cake with a photo of the Headquarters Library. Ann Williams, the first Director of the newly-constituted Alachua County Library District, was the featured speaker for the evening. Her talk, “Linking Gainesville’s Architectural Past to Alachua County’s Future,” focused on the efforts to fund and then build the new Headquarters Library, which opened on February 2, 1991. The District used the same bond funding to build four new branches (Millhopper, Tower Road, Archer, and Newberry) and renovate five others.

Library Director Shaney Livingston presented an update on ACLD activities over the past year, making special note of the grand reopening of the renovated and expanded High Springs Branch (on Sept. 24), to which the Foundation contributed $35,000 for a Teen Space and Snuggle Up Center. The renovation and expansion of the Tower Road Branch will commence at the end of 2016 and will take a year. Also, she noted that the past year has been “a year of retirement” for many long-time staff. A major new emphasis for the ACLD will be on the library user experience.

Business matters included electing as new officers Bill Burger (Vice-Chair) and Maggie MacDonald (Secretary) to serve along with continuing officers Pushpa Kalra (Chair) and Mitzi Austin (Treasurer) for 2016-17. Treasurer Austin reported that the Foundation’s financial assets stood at a healthy $1,146,696.00 as of August 31st.


In 2012, the Foundation held a reception to introduce the new Library Director, Shaney Livingston, to our Associates and other community members.

Executive Board of the ACLD Foundation at a reception for Library Director Shaney Livingston on March 23rd. Top, L to R: Polly Doughty and Jeanne Davis (Co-Chairs, Membership/Nominations), Barbara Scott (Secretary), and Hunt Davis (V-Chair). Front: Marjorie Alexander (Chair) and Shaney Livingston (ACLD Director). Missing: Mitzi Austin (Treasurer).

In 2004, the Foundation was part of a month-long celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Library Service in Alachua County. Anniversary events included a Centennial Tea, birthday parties at all the branch libraries and a bookmark contest for children.

Non-Event Galas

Supporting the ACLD Foundation's "Non-Event Galas" allows us to put all donations toward building our library endowment fund.
2012 -- CHARLES DICKENS' 200th Birthday -- "Noted author Charles Dickens is the featured Guest ... However, for reasons beyond the Foundation’s control, Mr. Dickens will not be appearing live and in person for the 2012 Gala.  But the ACLD Foundation won’t let that stop them!  In honor of Mr. Dickens' 200th Birthday, the ACLD Foundation is celebrating with a 'non-event' ... Donors will be asked to think back to the first Dickens story they experienced:  A Tale of Two CitiesGreat ExpectationsA Christmas CarolOliver Twist?  Perhaps it was a copy checked out from a public library, lovingly worn and handled by countless readers ..."
2013 -- JANE AUSTEN -- Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice -- "If the author could join us for our Gala there would be rout cakes and gingerbread, bread and butter and jam tarts ... Alas, Miss Austen cannot join us at our Gala in person, but you can brew yourself a cup of fine tea and relax in the comfort of your own home with a good book.  We know you would fit in with our non-event because as Jane said, 'My idea of good company is the company of clever well-informed people who have a good deal of conversation.'"
2014 -- PATRICK O'BRIAN'S 100th Birthday -- "You will be piped aboard our (non-existent) frigate, the Foundation, where, if this were a real event, you would have an evening of merriment featuring:
  • Sailors singing 'Sally in our Alley,' 'Nancy Dawson,' and 'Spanish Ladies'
  • Demonstrations of gunnery
  • Musical entertainment during supper to include performances Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F Major
  • And, circumstances permitting, a trepanning performed by the noted physician, Dr. Maturin"