Friends of Berks County Public Library Fund
The Friends of Berks County Public Libraries is a nonprofit organization that was founded in the early 1980s to support public libraries in the Berks County System, both financially and otherwise. In addition, in 2009, the Friends of Berks County Public Library Fund was created by donations from the Friends of Berks County Public Libraries and Julie R. Reinhart, former county library systems chief. The fund is specifically used for a Special Projects Program and an Emergency Grant Program if a library’s assets or funding should run out. Reinhart, who worked in the Berks County library system for 21 years, told the Reading Eagle in an interview: “The idea of being surrounded by information and helping people find information always appealed to me… One of the reasons that public libraries are so important is they are open to everyone and you don’t need a fat wallet to take advantage of what’s there.” The Friends of Berks County Public Library Fund ensures that libraries have the ability to remain open and continually benefit the community.