Killingworth Library has a proud place in our town’s history and future. For half a century, it’s been a continuing story of superb volunteer effort, community support and town cooperation. With your support of this year’s annual fund drive, we can keep it going. Just look how far we’ve come:
1964: Residents grew tired of going to neighboring towns for reading material and decided it was time
to start our own community library. A small donated space in Killingworth Elementary School, stocked
with 1,500 donated books on handmade pine shelves built by volunteers, was our library’s first home.
2016: For over 50 years, that can-do spirit helped our library grow into what it is today:
- Nearly 46,000 books, audio books, videos and music CDs circulated during our last fiscal year
- Program attendance for children and adults continues strong with over 5,200 participants,
and our community meeting room was heavily used by town groups and organizations
- Children have been making great use of our two early literacy stations, plus our ongoing Spanish and
sign language classes
- Adults are taking advantage of our business resource center, including our new color copier/printer
with scanning and fax functions and various databases, including Consumer Reports Online, JobNow,
and Mango Languages
- People of all ages use our Wi-Fi wireless computer connection and public computers for work,
homework, research and to keep in touch with family and friends
- People love our new website and the online ability to renew or reserve items, and set up online
accounts for automatic email reminders of items out and due
- When power outages hit other parts of town, residents turn to the library for Internet access,
recharging mobile devices, and FEMA advice. During heat waves, we serve as a cooling center.
- And we recently added eBooks and eAudios to our list of library offerings!
Our volunteer board must raise more than $89,982 of the library’s annual budget this year to continue
providing these services, and we need your help. Please give – every dollar and every contributor
makes a difference.
With thanks and best regards,
Alison Karam, President
On behalf of the Library Board of Directors