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Once Upon a Time Gala

Second Annual Fundraising Gala

Benefiting the Caldwell Public Library Endowment Fund

Purchase tickets for our in-person gala on April 26, 2022 from 5:30-7:30 pm.

View online auction items. Bidding is open April 19-29, 2022.

About the Gala

Join us for an evening filled with food and fun as we raise money to support library program, building, and resource improvements. Our online silent auction will be open from April 19-29, and items can be viewed on our auction site or during the in-person gala on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 from 5:30-7:30 pm.

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Food Trucks

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Online Auction

You will receive food and dessert tickets when you check into the gala. Choose from a variety of local vendors for a delicious meal.

Bid on items and experiences on our online auction site. Items will be on display at the gala and the auction will close at midnight on Friday, April 29, 2022.

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History of Caldwell Presentation

Be one of the first to see our new "History of Caldwell" timeline display showcasing our extensive historical collection. Local historian Chuck Randolph will host the unveiling presentation.

Funding for this exhibit was provided in part by the Idaho Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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About the Endowment Fund

Money raised at the gala will benefit the Caldwell Public Library Endowment Fund. This fund helps the library pay for building improvements and increases the amount of resources we can provide to our community. While the library is primarily funded by city property taxes, the Endowment Fund provides extra support as the library strives to keep up with our rapidly growing population.


Community supporters have generously remembered the Caldwell Public Library (CPL) in their giving and estate planning in the past. Two major contributions to the CPL's endowment fund came from Richard and Margaret Pead in 1989 (approximately $187,000) and Kaley Uyematsu, former CPL Children's Librarian, in 1995 (approximately $140,000 that includes additional donations from patrons in memoriam).

For about 25 years, these funds sat mostly untouched, growing to approximately $900,000 combined. Currently, the principal funds remain intact in our endowment fund, managed by the Board of Trustees. With dedicated management, some of the interest from the fund has been used during the past several years for projects that enhance the library's mission: to provide services and information to connect, enrich, and inspire our community.

What it Supports

The endowment fund supports projects beyond general operations that fall into two major categories: enhanced library services and facility improvements. Those needs continue to grow as the library supports the booming population of Caldwell and as the age, size, and design of the building itself present new challenges. Built in 1976 for a population of approximately 15,000 (U.S. Census Bureau), the current CPL leaders and personnel work diligently to provide consistent, relevant, and innovative public library services to Caldwell's 60,000+ residents (U.S. Census Bureau).

Library Services Supported by the Endowment Fund


Enhanced library services projects have included major additions to patron technology, such as internet access devices, multimedia, computer workstations, laptops, tablets, portable hot-spots, digital printers, laser cutter, and virtual reality systems. Many of these items or devices are available from the main circulation desk, while others have been purchased as part of the Mobile Makerspace project. The library's Mobile Makerspace was custom designed and built in Caldwell by Tiny Idahomes, LLC (now located in Emmett), and travels to various locations and events for patron use and education around Caldwell.

Facility Improvements Supported by the Endowment Fund

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Facility improvement projects have included major renovations to the Children's Department, community room, HVAC system, flooring, common areas, personnel areas, and restroom upgrades.

Future Projects Supported by the Endowment Fund


Future plans include funding the construction of a brand new outdoor programming space and furthering our efforts to meet patrons where they are by bringing services out into the community.

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