Early this week the Bouse Library received an e-mail from Ancestry.com offering to sell the full Library subscription to them for $995. Almost 1/2 price. The offer expires on June 30, 2007 so they have to do it right away.
Since we had collected $674 between the winter Genealogy Classes, the money for shipping the books and the winter Computer Classes, the Friends of the Bouse Library Board offered to pay the difference and get the full library subscription this month. We will repay the Friends of the Bouse Library in the fall and winter to cover the difference of $321. Hopefully we will collect that via the genealogy classes, computer classes and donations next season.
The great thing about this is that more than 2 people can use it at a time. Also we are the only Public Library west of Phoenix that will have it available, which should (we hope) bring in more people. I would like to suggest they we see if we can get a donation box just for Ancestry.com placed in the Library to help cover the cost and maybe pay for it next year also.
As we had discussed earlier, access will only be available at the library. It will be open to anyone visiting the library, not just the Bouse Genies.
Also, this subscription price will set the cost we will have to pay in the future. We will not have to go back to the full $1700 price when we renew.
We will advertise the fact that it is available at the library and hopefully it will bring in more members or visitors.
Note: The money has just been OK, will post later when it is up and running.