A note from Nancy Mambi, Textile Center’s Pat O’Connor Librarian:

“Why is Textile Center’s library so popular?” This is a question I’m often asked as your Textile Center Pat O’Connor Librarian, and my response is: “Who doesn’t love a good library?” Our library is popular because it was built from the collections of our member guilds, and it is a social hub for so many fiber artists and enthusiasts. An amazing corps of volunteers and a half-time librarian maintain it, and it is constantly growing with new acquisitions of books, periodicals, and tools dedicated to all things fiber.

Did you know that it costs a minimum of $51,000 a year to maintain our library? I am writing to you today to ask for your support of our library and education programs.

I’ve been your librarian for a decade now, and I am often asked what I appreciate most about Textile Center. Lately, I’ve been comparing Textile Center to the intricate beauty of a woven masterpiece, created through the warp and weft.

A warp needs to be set on the loom with thought and care, and this is what the founders of Textile Center did to launch this wonderful organization nearly 25 years ago, creating an organization that thrives today.

The colors of the weft interlaced across the warp are represented by our more than 1,000 individual and business members, our 30 affiliated guilds; and the more than 400 artists who teach our classes, sell their creative work in our Shop, and exhibit their work in our galleries each year. The weft includes the thousands of individuals who volunteer in our programs, take classes, visit our library and exhibitions, and rent our spaces. Every individual or group represents colors that are woven into our warp daily. We also hope that everyone who visits Textile Center will go into their communities and tell others about all we do, thereby creating another thread!

This is why I love working at Textile Center. It is always exciting to see these groups come together and merge their colors into one beautiful Textile Center community.

Your gift helps create these color strands of shared experiences.

Last year your donations made possible:

  • 30,473 materials in our library collection, accessible to all;
  • 2,273 participants at the World’s Largest Textile Garage Sale, finding new homes for fiber materials;
  • 2,026 adult students taking classes in a variety of textile forms;
  • 495 Youth Fiber Art Guild members in 5 after school programs that serve low-income families;
  • 373 Shop and exhibiting artists who inspire us all;
  • 160 affiliated guilds, businesses, publishers, and drop in groups who benefit from our services;
  • 73 free public library classes taught in 7 different counties;
  • 39 core teaching staff and guest teaching artists for students aged 6 – 106;
  • 33 Summer Camps for young artists-in-the-making;
  • 4 Jerome Fiber Artist Project Grant recipients; emerging fiber artists taking their art work to the next level;
  • 1 Ellen Erede Wells Dye Lab, a safe, creative space open to the community.

Has Textile Center ever inspired you? Please consider a contribution; it will impact our community!

Additional ways to give:

  • Give appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares. This provides an immediate benefit to Textile Center and may be more tax efficient than giving cash.
  • Make a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA. The IRA Charitable Rollover law allows individuals 70½ or older to give up to $100,000 from their IRA to qualified charities without paying federal income tax on the withdrawal.
  • Ensure your contribution goes further by choosing to make your online gift “recurring” (below) and your credit card will be charged monthly.
Learn more about the Leadership Circle, a special category of donation, here.