Are you a bibliophile? For the uninitiated, a biblio- phile is person who loves books. Not only do we love books for our reading pleasure, but we love everything
about them, from the silk-spun paper the words are printed on,
to the stitching on the spines, to the sometimes elegantly gilded
Whether you are a bibliophile or casual reader, your financial assistance in the Adopt-A-Book Program directly benefits
the Rebuilding the Temple Campaign, including the renovations to the House of the Temple, its library and vast rare collections, the building’s infrastructure, and other minor building
improvements. You may sponsor a book in the library for $250
(not including rare books). The Librarian will assign a book to
you as the sponsor. As a benefit, you will receive a special letter from the Supreme Council Librarian, a certificate, a unique
bookmark, and your name will be placed on a bookplate in the
adopted book. Pretty cool, huh?
Additionally, money is used to purchase a scanner that will assist us in our on-line platform and presence, and other important
tools and services for our client base. Welcome to the twenty-first century!
How It Works }} What is involved in the restoration process? Glad you asked. Librarian Joan Kleinknecht who oversees the project is infections with her pitch for the funds
along with her unbridled enthusiasm. She glows when talking about and explaining the
program. Her goal is to stock and repair the many great first-editions that are housed in
the Library. “The money we raise with the adopt-a-book campaign assists in the on-going
restoration initiative,” Joan adds. Simply go on-line, fill out a form, and you’re done! There
are even categories to honor individuals, their memories, and the deceased.
Due to Temple budgetary constraint and challenges, the Librarians, Larissa Watkins and Joan Kleinknecht often personally defray ordinary day-to-day costs with
their own funds! Several senior staff members have also generously participated in
the worthy endeavor.
Interested in becoming an Architect of the Library and supporting the Rebuilding
the Temple Campaign? Adopt a book today! Contact the Development Office by mail
to: Supreme Council, 33°; 1733 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009, or phone
202-777-3111 and tell the operator that you wish to adopt a book. She’ll walk you
through the easy steps. It’s that simple! It’s that important. You become a significant
part of the legacy of the Supreme Council.
Gregory S. Kearse, 33°, Staff Writer & Editor
Some of the House of the Temple Library’s books currently
in need of restoration