Build Imagination Collection Debuts at Munson Hospital Cowell Cancer Center
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rebekah Craft, Baldwin Public Library
|Contact: Cathy Mosley, Hon. Affiliate, AIA Michigan/MAF
BIRMINGHAM, MI (October 19, 2016) – Patients at Munson Hospital Cowell Cancer Center will have the opportunity to enjoy a new collection of books during their stay, thanks to a donation from the Rae Dumke Fund of the Michigan Architectural Foundation (MAF). With help from the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham, Rae Dumke, Hon. AIA, will be presenting the Build Imagination collection, a set of 100 books on topics that help foster children’s imaginations and raise awareness about architecture, to five children’s hospitals and cancer centers around the state.
Covering everything from architecture, art and color to LEGO, graphic design, shapes, and famous landmarks, the Build Imagination collection includes board books for the very young to more advanced informational texts for children as old as fourteen. Stephanie Klimmek, Head of Youth Services at the Baldwin Library, selected each title in the collection.
Michigan Architectural Foundation Board of Trustees Rae Dumke, Hon. AIA, and Tom Mathison, FAIA, of Mathison | Mathison Architects in Grand Rapids and Vice President of MAF, will present the set of books to Munson Hospital Cowell Cancer Center staff on Friday, October 21. Mathison, a Traverse City native, is currently working on several projects in Northern Michigan, including the new Glen Arbor Art Association headquarters.
Dumke is a resident of Maple City in Leelanau County and the President of the Glen Arbor Art Association. She is the former Executive Director of MAF, AIA Michigan (American Institute of Architects Michigan), and AIA Detroit. Dumke currently serves on the MAF Board of Trustees. Upon her retirement, the Michigan Architectural Foundation established a dedicated development fund to honor her legacy of 43 years of service to AIA and MAF. Contributions to the Rae Dumke Development Fund came from AIA members, the construction industry, friends, and family. The Dumke Open, an annual golf outing, is a major fundraising event for the development fund.
After debuting the Build Imagination collection at the Baldwin Public Library in September 2015, Dumke began looking for new avenues to share this special collection of books. “Children and parents all had such delightful reactions to the collection during the open house held to present the books. I wanted to be able to share these special books with more children around our state,” said Dumke. “Reading together is such a special and important way for a child to bond with a parent. I hope that these books will be a source of comfort to parents and children during the treatment process.”
The Rae Dumke Fund will also be providing complete sets of Build Imagination books to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital (Ann Arbor), Bronson Children’s Hospital (Kalamazoo), Renucci Hospitality House (Grand Rapids), and Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan (Grand Rapids).
The Baldwin Public Library, located in downtown Birmingham, enriches Birmingham and participating communities by providing opportunities and resources for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to learn, connect, and discover. To learn more about the Build Imagination collection, visit www.baldwinlib.org/build-imagination.
The Mission of the Michigan Architectural Foundation is to advance public awareness and understanding of how architecture enriches life. To learn more, please visit: www.michiganarchitecturalfoundation.org.
Stephanie Klimmek, Head of Youth Services, Baldwin Public Library
Doug Koschik, Director, Baldwin Public Library