As fall arrives the trustees and staff of the Arvin A. Brown Public Library are once again reaching out to our community to help us raise funds needed to continue to be an asset to our community. The library is the center of the community; the “GO TO” place where residents and neighbors can find answers to their questions and make connections.
As our costs increase we are struggling to find ways to hold our expenditures steady. This year our fundraising goal is $12,273. This is money needed to keep operating for the same number of hours and with the same level of service the public has come to expect from us.
This year we have increased our fundraising efforts to include our “Cow Plop Bingo” event on Parade Day of Old Home Days weekend and a “Farewell Concert and Cookout” with music by the Missisquoi River Band. We appreciate all of you who have supported these events. We have reached about 25% of our goal.
This year we supplemented our income with a $2,100 Summer Program Literacy Grant from Dollar General. By the end of the year we will have spent over $18,000 on building improvements regarding energy efficiency. About 70% of this cost was provided through grants. Last year’s response to the fundraising letter provided the matching public support funds we needed to procure the grants.
We need to meet this year’s goal, just to continue maintaining the level of services you have come to expect from your Public Library. We would hate to do something as drastic as buying fewer books or being open for fewer hours. Our statistics show we are a vital resource in this community and people of all ages take advantage of the materials and services we offer.
Would you consider a donation to help us? If you would be willing to help, please stop by the library or download a donation form here.
We thank you so much for your support in making this small town library a wonderful place to visit!
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