Photo courtesy of the GREATER LARGO LIBRARY FOUNDATION
Pictured with the Outstanding Program Award given to the Greater Largo Library Foundation May 8 are, from left, Iris Shalot, foundation board member; Deborah Hohler, chair of the Library Associations, Friends, Foundations and Boards; Scott Thompson, Largo foundation CEO; Lynn Pippenger, foundation president/COO of GLLF, and Patricia Bell, foundation board member.
LARGO – The Greater Largo Library Foundation brought home the Outstanding Program Award from the annual conference of the Florida Library Association Friends, Foundations and Boards held at Lake Buena Vista May 8.
The Largo foundation was awarded for its annual Art Hop and Taste Fest, in its seventh year.
“It is an honor to receive this recognition from the Florida Library Association and know that the hard work of many in our Largo community who use their time, talents and treasures to make this event happen every year are being honored,” stated foundation president Lynn Pippenger.
The Art Hop and Taste Fest features displays by more than 30 artists and artisans and samplings from over a dozen fine restaurants and bakeries. Most of the event takes place in the library, but it also incorporates a bus ride to participating local businesses throughout the evening.
“The business owners love to be included and have found that the traffic generated by the event has a lasting positive effect on their traffic,” narrative submitted for the award stated.
The foundation has one paid employee who provides direction, but the event has always been community and volunteer driven. This year, more than 250 tickets were sold for the event, with about 300 people in attendance, raising $18,000.
The foundation also has taken responsibility for programming the artwork for the library gallery, dubbed the Gallery 120 @ Largo Public Library. Previously overlooked by patrons, this large space now boasts some of the best local artistic talent available.
The foundation also provides funding for the English Language Learning Program, the iPads for Innovative Services Project, mobility carts for public service, library staff travel and training, and furniture and display purchases.