Annual Giving Appeal
Thank you for supporting the Public Library of New London.
The library is a 501(c)3 organization and your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Click here for a donation form to mail to the library: Annual Appeal Gift Form
Dear Public Library of New London Patron,
Our library is being used more than ever, even with reduced hours and a 2012 budget below our 2010 figure. We continue to deliver services to our patrons for an average of $23.02 per capita, just a little over half of the Connecticut state average of $43.48.
Doing more with less is a New London way of life. But living on a shoestring budget means making big sacrifices, often in areas that are vital for keeping our library up to date. For us, that has meant a deeply reduced amount of money for new materials, books and programs, the primary reasons for our existence.
But the good news is that you can help. Even small amounts will help make a difference in our book and program offerings:
$10 – $15 buys a paperback children’s beginning reader.
$20 – $25 funds craft supplies for our children’s story time programs.
$25 – $30 buys a children’s, young adult, or adult hardcover book.
$75 pays for a parent-child literacy kit that includes read-aloud alphabet and number books and magnetic letters and numbers.
$125 funds a session of ASPIRE (After-School Programs In Reaching Excellence), which includes nature, music, dance, poetry and art for school-age children.
$300 helps us underwrite special music, magic, science, and dramatic programs for all ages, held primarily during school vacations to attract those who can’t visit the library regularly.
Please take the opportunity now to make a difference in our mission to build literacy and to encourage lifelong learning in our community. Use the enclosed envelope to send us your tax-deductible donation and help us reach our fundraising goal of $25,000.
Daneen L. Roth, President, The Public Library of New London Board of Trustees
Did you know.……usage is UP!
More than 160,000 people visited the library last year, an increase of 16% from the year before.
The library has 22 public computers, 4 more than last year, and free wireless.
There were 54,856 computer sessions at the library, up 30% from the year before.
The library loaned 63,684 items last year, 10% more than the year before.
Local groups held 272 meetings at the library.
There were 610 library-sponsored programs held at the library.
Our Hispanic Film Festival has been running for three years.
Our African American Film Fest will celebrate its fourth year in January.
In June the library opened a not-for-profit resource center to aid organizations that are searching for grants to supplement their strained budgets. In addition to a wide selection of books and periodicals, the library has three powerful data bases from the Foundation Center that provide funding opportunities from more than 100,000 grantors. About 75 people attended the kick-off breakfast at the center. Ongoing training sessions are offered regularly.
Mystery, Supper, and Afternoon Book Clubs meet monthly. And we will soon be adding a Stay-at-Home Mothers’ Book Club on Fridays.
Information and training sessions on how to download eBooks and manage eReaders are offered in morning and evening sessions.
After-school programs about science, music, dance, poetry and art continue to be a mainstay of our services to New London students and their families.
Art exhibits by local artists, residents and students are regularly displayed in our lobby and Community Room.
Our Adopt-A-Book program rose from $1,200 to $2,000 this past year.
You can now give online to The Public Library of New London at www.plnl.org