When some people discover real value in an institution, the idea of giving back to support something they love just makes sense.
This was the case for Jim and Jane Cameron.
After moving to Birmingham in 1956, the couple became avid users of the Baldwin Library. In time, they became significant supporters, both as active volunteers and as major financial donors. Jim Cameron served as President of the Friends of the Library and his late wife served on the Baldwin and State of Michigan Library Boards.
“We always liked the library, used it quite a bit, and believed in it,” says Cameron, now 95 years old. “I don’t know about other people but we felt it’s a very important community asset and educational resource. We were also in a fortunate position to be able to donate money to the library and other educational organizations,” says the former Ford Motor Company Purchasing Director.
Cameron believes that most people don’t think of the library as a place to financially support.
“I think it’s because many residents just see it as a city wide tax supported institution. But we found great value and satisfaction in knowing we were helping the library even more,” he says.