Rosellen Kershaw Legacy Society


Rosellen Kershaw’s name is synonymous with the Fresno County Public Library. A long-time community activist and library supporter, Rosellen is a founding member of the Friends of the Fresno County Public Library which was incorporated in 1980. Rosellen was the creative spirit for the Dinner in the Library, an annual fundraiser that since 1990 has raised nearly a half million dollars for the Friends Endowment Fund in support of the Fresno County Public Library.

In addition, she spearheaded the monthly Friends of the Library used book sales which led to the Friends Used Book Shop now located at the Sunnyside Regional Library. The funds from the Book Shop have created teen spaces in new and renovated libraries and provided scholarships for Library employees to obtain their Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. In addition to fundraising, Rosellen has been an advocate for the Library and chaired the first committee for the passage of Measure B, a 1/8 cent sales tax that provides over 50% of the funding for Library operations. is a life-long Library supporter and it is in her honor that we have created the Rosellen Kershaw Legacy Society.

Becoming a member

There is no minimum gift to become a member of the Rosellen Kershaw Legacy Society; simply inform the Foundation that you have:

named the Foundation as the beneficiary of a bequest in your will or trust.
assigned to the Foundation a life insurance policy or a bank, brokerage or retirement account.
created a charitable trust, endowment or other planned gift on behalf of the Foundation for Fresno County Public Library.

For more information about the Rosellen Kershaw Legacy Society or any of these planned gift options, contact Laurel Prysiazny at 559-600-6273.