Our library started nearly 50 years ago with the can-do spirit of local people willing to roll up their sleeves to find space, build shelves, donate books and manage the desk. On opening night in 1964, a hat was passed to collect money to operate.
We continue to “pass the hat” today in the form of this Annual Fund Drive.
Community donations and town support have given us a beautiful library facility with something for everyone: in addition to books, videos, music, audio books and a great library staff, we offer an early literacy station, a business resource center, wireless computer connection, programs for children and adults, a meeting room used by town groups and organizations, cozy reading areas, and computers for public use. Patrons may go online anytime from home or work to request interlibrary loans and renew or reserve items. During last year’s hurricane and blizzard, we were a central point for Internet access, recharging mobile devices, and FEMA advice. During the heat waves, we served as a cooling center.
Our Library Association is a private, non-profit organization run by 18 hard-working volunteer board members who are responsible for raising more than $87,000 of our annual budget this year, with the Town generously funding the rest. To keep costs down, we do a lot of hands-on work in everything from finance to fundraising, computer maintenance, program planning, security, grounds upkeep, and interior building maintenance.
We hold fast to the volunteer roots of our library. It keeps the spirit of community involvement alive, solidifies our reputation as the “friendly library” and protects our budget. Last year our circulation desk, backroom, community service and board member volunteers logged more than 6,200 hours, the equivalent of three full-time employees.
Your support makes possible the many good things our library has to offer. Please be as generous as you can – every dollar and every contributor makes a difference. We encourage you to use our website and Facebook page to stay informed… And please, come visit often.
Alison Karam, President
On behalf of the Library Board of Directors