You might not like it but I am going to talk about Christmas for a few minutes. Christmas is only three months away and do you have people on your shopping list that are difficult to buy for or would rather have nothing given to them anyways because they have too much now? Have you ever thought of donating to the Stettler Public Library in their name instead?
The Stettler Public Library is a registered charity with Revenue Canada. Any donation to the Stettler Public Library can be a plus when you do your income tax in April. Let me tell you a little about the Alberta Tax Credit that can help you save money on your income tax return. The Alberta Tax Credit for eligible charitable donations that exceed $200 in a tax year has increased from 12.75 per cent to 21 per cent of the amount donated. When added to the federal tax credit of 29 per cent, this gives Albertans a 50 per cent tax credit on those donations, one of the highest charitable tax credits in Canada. The first $200 in eligible charitable donations made in a tax year continues to receive a federal tax credit of 15 per cent and an Alberta tax credit of 10 per cent. That can be a real bonus in April.
Now you are probably wondering how your donation can help the Stettler Public Library. Donations allow the library to implement new programs, purchase new books, update our public computers, provide wireless internet access, buy new crafts supplies, bring authors to visit, and much more. Without the public, the library would be a room with books. With the public, the library is a living, breathing community hub. You make us important in your everyday lives. We appreciate the part that we play in your lives. Let us continue that.
You can donate to the library through the Lois Hole Library Legacy program. In honour of the late Lieutenant Governor, Lois Hole, the Lois Hole Library Legacy Program was created to help build the collections in Alberta’s libraries. The legacy program allows for a donation in the donor’s own name, or to honour a friend, family member or organization.
But if a donation is not in the cards at the moment, another way that you can support the Stettler Public Library is by attending the Friends of the Library 1st Annual Giant Book Sale.
It is being held in the Conference Room at the Stettler Recreation Centre on Friday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m and Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can buy a pile of books for $1.00 a foot or buy a book bag and fill it for $5.00. Gently used donations will be accepted but no encyclopedia sets please. We hope to see you there.