"Maybe it was a little too late for people to donate in time for the fiscal year," she said.
Drawing donations from outside the Plattsburgh area could also be difficult for those who don't understand how far the CEFLS Bookmobile reaches, she added. Though the CEFLS is based in Plattsburgh, Jankowska said it's important people understand the bookmobile does service the tri-county region.
"We go as far as Newcomb and Fort Covington in Franklin County and all across Essex County, too," said Jankowska. "We are one of 23 library systems in the state, but we actually cover an area that's the size of the State of Connecticut."
Since the bookmobile travels thousands of miles each year, Jankowska said it's only a matter of time before the amount of money in the CEFLS budget isn't enough to meet the cost of providing the service.
"We never know how long we can function. Our funding is cut constantly by New York State," said the director, adding the CEFLS is still awaiting funding for last year's budget. "It's very scary."
Jankowska said she's putting out a plea to the community, particularly businesses, to help keep the bookmobile on the road, fueling literacy.
"It's important we're here to reach people who can't get to a library," she said. "This [fundraiser] is a wonderful opportunity for someone to participate in something very important for the community. If they're interested in donating toward something very good and very worthwhile, this would be the thing."
Sponsor recognition packages are available at each level, added Jankowska, and donations are tax-deductible because of the organization's 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.
For more information, contact the CEFLS office at 563-5190 or visit their Web site at www.cefls.org.