Wright Library Foundation

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a component of the 
Dayton Foundation


Projects funded
by the Library Foundation

After Hours Book Drop

Laptops for Computer Classes

Far Hills Music Series

Gingerbread House Competition

Book Peddler

Early childhood learning toys

Carpeting in lower level

Author visits

Eco-friendly water fountain

Improved power access

Makerbox collection

Decorative exterior lighting

The Foundation Board meets the first Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. with some exceptions.  Meetings are open to the public.

Wright Library Foundation Trustees

Elaine Gounaris, President
Mark Harman, Vice President
Kirk Johnsen, Treasurer
Steve Turek, Secretary
Mike Armstrong
Parker Bedsole
Patty Caruso
Susan Elliott
Juliet Glaser
Sarah Kallile
Julie Teeters
Elysse Wagner

Kristi Hale, Director
Jen Enseleit, Library Board of Trustees Liaison

Support Wright Library with a year-end gift

The Wright Memorial Public Library Foundation’s 2020 Annual Campaign is focused on helping Wright Library recover from unexpected decreases in state revenue as they continue to provide essential and well-loved services to the community.

As a result of the pandemic, decreases in state revenue is projected to leave the library with a revenue shortfall of $140,000. (Wright Library depends on state revenue for 70 percent of its operating budget.) In response, the library reduced operational costs to cover 66% or $92,000 of the lost funding.  

This year, foundation support will be critically important to the library’s mission.

It's easy to donate to The Wright Memorial Public Library Foundation.


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In 2019, our generous donors gave more than $59,000 to support the Library's mission. 

Thank you! 2019 donor list

Donations support the Library's mission by funding programs, materials, outreach, amenities, and services that the Library could not otherwise provide the community.

Most recently, the Foundation funded:

  • replacement of the deteriorating book drop on Telford Ave.
  • Write@Wright writer workshop series
  • prize books for youth participants in Summer Reading Club
  • laptops for ongoing small-group technology classes

Donations to the Foundation are invested and expended for the exclusive benefit of the library and operates as a component fund of the Dayton Foundation. Anyone wishing to donate to the Library can do so by mail, at the library, or online.

Community Donations are Important and Easy

Donate by credit card
Donate online at The Dayton Foundation. If the 'Apply My Gift to' field is not pre-filled, use the fund number #2540 for the Wright Memorial Public Library Foundation.

Donate by check
Please make your check payable to "Wright Library Foundation" and mail to:

Wright Memorial Public Library Foundation
1776 Far Hills Avenue
Oakwood, OH 45419

Other Gifts Options

All gifts to the Foundation support Wright Library and all donations are fully tax deductible as allowed by law. Gifts of any amount are appreciated.

Your gift will ensure quality services and materials today and for future generations.

Donors are recognized for their contributions on our website and in print materials. Please email the Foundation to let them know if you prefer to remain anonymous.

About the Foundation

The Wright Memorial Public Library Foundation raises funds for Wright Library, holding, investing, and expending those funds for the exclusive benefit of the Wright Memorial Public Library. Created in 1997, the Foundation was formed to operate exclusively for the purpose of advancing the Library's goals, objectives, and priorities. 

Foundation Board meetings are held at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month in the Library Meeting Room with some exceptions and are open to the public. The Board consists of nine trustees who serve three-year terms. Interested applicants are welcome to contact the Board president for an application.
Foundation Bylaws 

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