Lemonade campaign kicks off

Written by Diana Nelson Jones on .

As Lauren Bathorski wrote “Lemonade for Libraries” on a sandwich board in front of the Carnegie Library branch on Murray Avenue today, a man stopped walking and watched.
Lauren told him, “The lemonade isn’t ready yet,” and he said, “I wouldn’t want any anyway. I’m not a lemonade guy.” He allowed that he does like “the occasional glass of wine.”

Ah, to miss the point.

Our Library, Our Future’s “Lemonade for Libraries” campaign began today in Squirrel Hill and will set up at three other library branches through Tuesday. The schedule is below.

If you hanker for lemonade and pass by any of those locations, your $1 for a glass of refreshment will help the Our Library, Our Future campaign promote the November ballot referendum. If you’re not a lemonade guy but you do value libraries, you can donate anyway.

The signatures of almost 11,000 city voters were overwhelmingly enough to get the issue on the November ballot. Voters will be considering a 0.25-mill special tax on all taxable real estate in the city, about $25 per year on $100,000 of assessed value.

The funds — around $3.25 million a year — would be used only for the Carnegie Library’s operation and maintenance.

The library’s Our Library, Our Future initiative only needed 2,800 signatures.

Besides lemonade, you can get information on the voter initiative and opportunities to get involved in it.  Those unable to stop by can still show their support by making a donation online to the Library’s “virtual lemonade stand” at now through August 28.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Friends groups will provide a matching donation up to $16,000 for every dollar donated through the “Lemonade for Libraries” fundraising events.

Lemonade stands will be set up at:

CLP - Homewood, 7101 Hamilton Ave., Sat., Aug. 20, 1-3p;
CLP - Brookline, 708-710 Brookline Blvd., Mon., Aug. 22, 11a-1p;
CLP – Downtown, 612 Smithfield St., Tues., Aug. 23, 11a-1p.

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