Our Mission

Foundation Board


The mission of the Greater Largo Library Foundation is to support the Largo Public Library through cultivating funding resources and advocating for the Library to enhance innovative library services for the community’s educational and social enrichment.

In 2002, Largo’s elected and civic leaders committed themselves to the community’s future by moving forward with plans to build an ambitious 90,000 square-foot, state of the art library to replace the overcrowded building that had served so well for nearly 30 years.

Taking the lead in this undertaking was the Greater Largo Library Foundation, the not-for-profit organization that had for nearly 20 years acted as the recipient of gifts and bequests to the library. The Foundation raised $1.9-million in a fundraising campaign to support the new library’s construction. They exceeded the goal with an unsurpassed demonstration of the community’s support for the Library.

In January 2018, the Library launched the next exciting phase in its development – Community Outreach Services. The program takes traditional library services to the people in Largo who need it most, people of all ages who, for whatever reason, can’t get to the library. Over the course of two years, the Foundation raised $600,000 to fund a Bookmobile, which includes the purchase of the vehicle and support for its ongoing operating costs for the next five years.

Rebecca Falanga, President

Lynda Campbell, Vice President

Chuck Catanese, Treasurer

Claudia Dahlman, Secretary

Pat Bell

Nate Cocco

Robert Dorian

Andrea Hartmann

Sam Hunter

Robin Katchuk

Joe Rommel

Iris Shalit

Kay Sherman

Peter Summers

Shane Wood

Casey McPhee, Library Director, (Ex-Officio)

Elliott Rakofsky, Director of Development


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