Rural libraries provide significant support to area schools as a place for young students to open their minds to the world at large. They also provide a place for lower-income parents to find affordable early reading resources so that a love for reading can be established...Read More
One of the Tocker Foundation’s primary goals is to help rural libraries serve the needs of all the community members. From the very young, to the often under-served teen community, to the retired—the library should be a place to gather, share ideas, and learn. To that...Read More
A library has for many centuries been primarily a repository of books, but modern electronic communication is creating a significant challenge to the value of the printed page. So how do libraries stay relevant in a time when the value of printed books is in question? The...Read More
While city and suburban dwellers may for the most part have high speed internet access in their homes, the reality in rural areas is that the library may be the sole source for free access to the internet. And rural libraries today often have less resources including fewer...Read More
The Tocker Foundation
Public libraries play a vital role as guardians of equal access, intellectual freedom, and objective stewardship of information. This role becomes critical in our state’s rural areas where libraries are an intrinsic part of all community activities and gatherings.
Libraries of the 21st Century adapt, evolve and innovate to keep up with the rapid pace of change. Creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, current technology, customer-oriented focus, and community engagement are vital parts of the equation to help the library connect with its community.
Supporting libraries and organizations across the state with thoughtful grant-making and effective partnerships that align with our mission.