We're no strangers to charitable registries — they're some of our favorite ways to channel funds to awesome organizations (and so you don't end up with a bunch of stuff you don't even need!). If you're a bibliophile who loves to support your local public library, this wedding registry concept is stellar.
The New York Public Library is the nation’s largest public library system serving more than 17 million patrons a year with 92 locations, and millions more online. It's huge and helping them means helping all of those millions of people. Plus, a little goes a long way so you know your donation will have a huge impact. How's that for making your wedding larger than just you and your community?
Here's a bit more about the NYPL:
NYPL’s neighborhood libraries in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island — many of which date to Andrew Carnegie’s visionary philanthropy at the turn of the 20th century — are being transformed into true centers of educational innovation and service, vital community hubs that provide far more than just free books and materials. Our local libraries play a key role in closing the digital divide, especially for the millions of New Yorkers who don’t have internet access at home. New York City public school students rely on their local branches for homework help. The city’s immigrant communities count on NYPL’s English language and literacy classes. Job seekers depend on our comprehensive job search resources. Altogether, the Library offers 103,000 free programs annually, serving everyone from toddlers to teens to seniors.
Instead of that traditional gift registry, you can easily create a wedding charity registry in support of The New York Public Library. It is quick and free to customize your charity registry with images, videos, and your own story about why you love libraries. You can also create a personalized link to share your wedding charity registry, online and offline.
You can create some goals for which you could aim in an effort to impact the library and its patrons in ways you find the most meaningful. Here are some examples…
- $1,000 can add 50 books to NYPL shelves
- $2,000 can support 20 English as a Second Language learners
- $2,500 and you can dedicate a chair plaque in their new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library
- $5,000 and you can dedicate a chair plaque in their renowned Rose Main Reading Room in their landmark location at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
Harnessing the power of your community when they're feeling the most giving means you can have a meaningful impact on organizations that truly deserve it, like public libraries. Let us know if you end up creating a gift registry to support The New York Public Library. It's such an easy way to help literally millions of people educate themselves, educate their children, find jobs, learn skills, and so much more. Libraries are magic and you can help make one of the most impactful that much more magical. Head here to start your registry.