Thank you for considering making a gift. Making a donation to the Dixon Public Library is a great way to support a valuable civic institution, and we are always glad to receive donations to support our work.
Our Mission Statement
The Dixon Public Library is the place people turn to for the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading, and the power of information. Community needs drive our services. We take a personal interest in assuring that they are delivered in a welcoming, convenient and responsive manner.
Statement of Financial Condition
The Dixon Public Library has historically sought to operate within a balanced budget. Annual real estate taxes and other tax revenues provide only a portion of our total annual revenue. The remainder of our annual revenue is raised through grants and the generosity of a wide number of donors. A review of statewide library financial data shows that the Dixon Public Library for a number of years has operated on significantly lower annual revenue than other libraries of our size serving communities of our size. The annual limit on available funds has prevented the Library from replacing and upgrading many of the existing building systems that are now nearing the end of their useful life. We will soon no longer be able to defer some of these costs. Our anticipated future revenues will not be sufficient to cover even a portion of these expenses without the rapid depletion of our limited reserves.
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A Message from the Board of Trustees
The Dixon Public Library is the heart and soul of the community. It offers its assets at a bargain price to residents of all ages. Whether through story hours, the Summer Reading Program, magazines,computers, Internet, movies, music on CDs, and, of course, shelves and shelves of books, the library is here to be used by everyone who takes the time to explore its services.
How fortunate we are that the little lending library begun by the city's firemen more than a century ago has grown into the full-service institution we enjoy today. When Orris B. Dodge gave the money and land to build the original building and Theron Cumins left thousands of dollars in his estate to purchase books, they couldn't have imagined the extent of information available to the public now. They did realize how important it was to make books available to the public, opening worlds and lighting imaginations.
While residents of the city of Dixon support the library through property taxes, it is only through the generosity of generations of donors that the library's collection continues to grow and new programs are offered. Those who continue to realize the importance of the library to the community can further enhance the offerings to library patrons by remembering the library through memorials, in their own estates, as well as by donations to special funds and volunteering in various ways. A vital library is made more so by the enthusiastic supportof its patrons.