With your help, we can purchase inventory software and create online programming so we can adapt to a changing virtual environment.

About the Project

We mobilized quickly: FOLMC shuttered our bookstores in an effort to keep all our customers, staff, and volunteers safe acting upon guidance from our local, state, and federal agencies. 

The long-term devastation from this unprecedented situation has yet to be calculated, and it will take years before we fully recover. But if there’s one thing we know right now, it’s that the COVID-19 virus has forever changed the way we work and live.
 

And that’s why we need your help today. 

FOLMC is asking for your help to provide emergency relief from the COVID-19 pandemic to upgrade our online infrastructure and create virtual interactive programming in order to support MCPL when in-person resources cannot be available. A two week closure of our bookstores has already cost us more than $40,000 in sales.

What We'll Be Funding

We seek your support in raising $10,000 to do the following:

  • Purchase multi-channel inventory software so that our bookstore inventory is accessible online and can facilitate online purchases (Annual subscription = $6,000.00)
  • Continue to pay salaries throughout the closure, so that no employee loses their job ( Two weeks = $3,000.00 for part-time staff)
  • Train our staff on new software and equipment to meet new needs as they develop (Training module and staff time = $1,000.00 )

If we raise more than our goal of $10,000:

  • Obtain equipment to create virtual interactive programming, such as video cameras, microphones and lighting equipment

“In light of the pandemic, we must provide the best book experience in whatever format circumstances demand – virtual, tangible, or a mix of both,” says Lance Salins, Director of Business Operations. 

It is during times like these that we rely on our Friends most. Simply put, if we cannot operate remotely, if we cannot host virtual programming, and if our bookstores are not accessible online, we cannot support MCPL.

We are living and working in changing times, and so we must quickly pivot to a new environment. Please help us transform the most critical aspects of our business so that we can purchase software and create online programming directly related to needs created by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Right now, every gift we receive will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County! So please give generously.


Matching Sponsors

Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $5,000 ! (pending matching fund availability)

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$14,498.96 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 56 days ago
  • Donate $25 or more

    In appreciation for your support, you will receive:
    - $5 FOLMC bookstore giftcard
    - Recognition on our website
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $50 or more

    In appreciation for your support, you will receive:
    - $10 FOLMC bookstore giftcard
    - Recognition on our website
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $100 or more

    Pays for six months of teleconference subscription for staff to work offsite

    In appreciation for your support, you will receive:
    - $20 FOLMC bookstore giftcard
    - Recognition on our website.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $250 or more

    Pays for (2) four hour shifts of staff time for inventory processing

    In appreciation for your support, you will receive:
    - $50 FOLMC bookstore giftcard
    - Recognition on our website
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $500 or more

    Pays for one month subscription of multi-channel inventory software

    In appreciation for your support, you will receive:
    - $100 FOLMC bookstore giftcard
    - Recognition on our website
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
-$4,498.96 to go. Every dollar helps.
$14,498.96 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 56 days ago

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