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Transylvania County Library Foundation

Since 1944, the Transylvania County Library Foundation has worked to improve public library services to the citizens of Transylvania County. Today, the TCLF plays two primary roles: as custodian of endowment funds to support the enhancement of library services beyond what would be expected from tax dollars; and to serve as a conduit for private donations for specific library initiatives. Gifts to the Library Foundation have an immediate impact in our community and create a lasting legacy that will benefit library patrons now and for generations to come.

The Board of Directors of the Transylvania County Library Foundation has several targeted giving funds:

To enhance the collection, preservation, and access to Transylvania County’s Local History Collection. The Rowell Bosse North Carolina Room is a growing repository of family histories and genealogy; photographs, postcards and other images; newspapers, maps and manuscript materials. Your gift helps us to preserve and collect our heritage.

To provide for Children’s Special Events on a regular basis. This fund exists to bring high-quality literary and artistic experiences, such as renowned children’s authors, storytellers and other artists to the children of Transylvania County each year.

To fund Adult Speakers / Public Forums. The J.R. McDowell Speaker Series is designed to present a wide array of viewpoints on challenging and thought-provoking topics. The series is named for Trustee Emeritus the Rev. J.R. McDowell and has brought speakers such as Calvin Trillin, Ann Patchett and Doris Kearns Goodwin to Transylvania County.

To provide an Opportunity Fund.  This fund allows our Library to explore new technologies in library services “off budget”. Gifts to this fund established our collection of Playaways and have funded web development for our library.

The Elizabeth R. Kapp Tyson Professional Development Fund. Established from a gift of the estate of our long-time Library Director Elizabeth Kapp Tyson, its purpose is to enhance the continuing education and career development opportunities for the Library Staff.

To make a gift in one of these areas, please complete a Gift Form and bring or mail it along with your check to:

Transylvania County Library Foundation

212 South Gaston Street

Brevard, NC 28712

The Foundation gratefully accepts donations for Memorial Books or Collections. Donors may honor someone special by gifting to specific areas of the library collection.

To honor or memorialize someone with a gift or a book, please complete a Memorial Gift form and mail it with your check to:

Transylvania County Library Foundation

212 South Gaston Street

Brevard, NC 28712

Planned Giving

Many donors want to support our Library now and in the future.  The Transylvania County Library Foundation welcomes opportunities to discuss planned gifts to make a lasting legacy for our community.  Donors should also consult their own tax or legal advisors regarding their specific situations.

There are many ways to give in support of our Library.  Many people make donations on an annual basis.  Others prefer larger gifts for specific projects or to memorialize a friend or family member. Planned giving may be a simple bequest or a more complex trust arrangement.  Your attorney or financial planner can provide important information about how planned charitable giving fits your personal circumstances.

Helping the Library in this way is often as simple as adding a few sentences to your will.

For a specific bequest:

“I give, devise and bequeath to the Transylvania County Library Foundation ______% of my estate.”

“I give, devise and bequeath to the Transylvania County Library Foundation $________.”

For a residual bequest:

“I give, devise and bequeath to the Transylvania County Library Foundation all the rest, residue and remainder of my estate after my final expenses and any legal obligations have been settled.”

Please speak with your attorney regarding these matters.

To discuss these and other ways to make a gift, contact Anna Yount, Library Director, at 828.884.3151, ext. 1818.  We want to thank you for your vision and generosity.  Thank you for making a gift that reflects your commitment to our community.

Board of Directors of the Transylvania County Library Foundation
  • Anne Bullard
  • Karen Cole
  • Alice Hardy
  • Betsy Jordan
  • Mark S. Lemel
  • Marshall McCallie
  • Jack McGoldrick
  • Mac Morrow
  • Michael H. Shelley
  • John F. Walter
  • David Watkins, Chair
  • John T. Welch

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held in the Connestee Conference Room, Second Floor, Transylvania County Library, 212 South Gaston Street, Brevard, NC  28712.

The Library Foundation Board meets at 3:30 PM followed immediately by the Board of Trustees.

Meeting Dates for 2016

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016
  • Thursday, November 17, 2016

Meeting Dates for 2017

  • Thursday, January 19, 2017
  • Thursday, March 16, 2017
  • Thursday, May 18, 2017
  • Thursday, July 20, 2017
  • Thursday, September 21, 2017
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017