Impact and Programs
As the library's nonprofit fundraising partner, FHCL builds library awareness and appreciation through compelling storytelling and raised $2,005,000 in 2021 for library strategic priorities, including workforce development, community outreach, youth development and the world class collection. Pen Pals is the highly acclaimed, longest running literary series in the Twin Cities featuring award-winning, best-selling authors who speak on their life and work as writers. In 2021, 5,200 people attended in-person and virtual livestream or on-demand recordings of this series. The Talk of the Stacks lecture series authors focus on contemporary literature and culture across an array of social, economic and global topics. 4, 505 individuals attended five virtual programs in 2021. Three additional author/book club events were attended by 2,438 people. 1,400 printed event guides were distributed to in-person audiences and 1,817 accessed virtual event guides. More than 29, 980 print newsletters were distributed. 50+ email communications were sent to 18,465 e-news subscribers; social media followers (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn) grew to 10,840 subscribers, and FHCL website access grew to 73,149 visitors.
In 2022, FHCL has committed to raising $2,200,000 supporting library priorities of Community Outreach which extends resources and opportunities beyond the physical library, Youth Development empowering the next generation, Workforce Development training and building the workforce of tomorrow, and the World-class Collection by expanding access to books, music, and e-resources. The Pen Pals and Talk of the Stacks author series will continue to engage audiences and build awareness and appreciation of the library. Additional donor engagement opportunities will be considered as COVID-19 pandemic restrictions continue to lift.
Community or Constituency Served
FHCL primarily supports Hennepin County Library. Together, FHCL and HCL envision a library that ensures every person has the opportunity and resources to read, graduate, engage, work and learn.
Geographic Area Served
FHCL primarily serves the 41 locations and patrons of Hennepin County Library, which is located in Hennepin County of Minnesota. Additionally, Friends of Hennepin County Library serves patrons living beyond the county border who access supported materials and programs virtually.