The Flint Public Library: where area residents go to find self-betterment and employment resources, good books in which to escape, and educational and family-fun activities. This month, the library kicks off their Public Campaign to keep this important community hub going strong.
For this year’s campaign, the library has teamed up with Hoffman’s Deco Deli & Café for a flavorful twist on a traditional fundraiser. As a community-minded company, Hoffman’s Deli has found a way to give back by featuring one sandwich each month and donating a portion of that sandwich’s sales to different charitable causes. For the month of April, Hoffman’s has declared The Flint Public Library the recipient of their sandwich-of-the-month funds. “My brother and I are always looking for ways to make our community stronger,” said Mark Hoffman. “We try to be more than just a business, and the sandwich-of-the-month is a fun way to get our patrons involved in helping support great institutions like the library.” The sandwich, which was ‘built’ and named by library staff, is called the Chicken Little: grilled chicken, cheddar, BBQ sauce, bacon, lettuce and tomato on an onion roll. “The Hoffman brothers, like other community leaders, know that everyone must play a part to insure that valuable community assets like the library will prosper,” said Kay Swartz, Library Director. “The Chicken Little sandwich will help prevent the sky from falling, so to speak!”
The library’s fundraising goal is an ambitious $250,000, and money raised will go toward early literacy programs, technology resources, homework support, and maintaining as many hours of service as possible. “The library is where information and education are available to everyone no matter their circumstances. For 163 years, the library has provided access for all, and continues to nurture and champion a culture of reading, learning and active engagement in civic life,” said Kay. “We are asking all of our patrons to get involved and continue supporting this vital, valued and vibrant resource that is so essential to our community. Every gift counts; it is very important.”
PHOTOS BY MICHAEL GLEASON