Like many organizations hit hard by COVID over the past year, Hubbard Free Library could not have provided the level of service our patrons expect without the support of the Hallowell community and the City. Although the threat remains unresolved, Hubbard still needs your help to meet the cost of maintaining our unique historical building and expand services.
During the past year, your library staff worked to provide top notch programming and access to the library’s collection while dutifully following CDC guidelines. Online programs and curbside pickup were very popular. Wi-Fi connectivity was expanded with help from a state program. A project to preserve our unique collection of old Hallowell newspapers dating from the 1790s was completed, and Hubbard joined a state-wide library management system, which allows patrons to access and request material online.
Preserving our historic building is a major and ongoing priority. Our long-running effort to restore and weatherize Hubbard’s twenty-three stained glass windows is almost complete. Other projects, replacing 110’ of rotten foundation sills, insulating and reducing moisture in the basement, and repairing the failing railroad retaining wall, are scheduled for this year and early next.
Our 2021 Annual Fund Campaign has an ambitious goal of $40,000. This is our single most important source of funding. The campaign kick-off begins on Friday Oct. 22nd with a program by Hallowell historian Sam Webber.
During the upcoming year your support will help us address:
- Expanding library operations with more hours open to the public
- Upgrading library technology with a needed update to our computers
- Continuing building infrastructure improvements
- Providing more programs available both in person and online
Kenneth C. Young, Jr.
President, Board of Trustees
P.S. The Annual Fund Campaign ends on June 30th , so please make your gift today!
Other ways to help:
There are many opportunities for volunteering at the Hubbard, including, but not limited to: re-shelving books and other items, assisting at our weekly Children’s Hour – reading to children; helping with arts and crafts activities -, or serving as a computer guru. Stop by and see if there’s something you might like to do.
The Friends of the Hubbard Free Library sponsor both adult and children’s programming throughout the year. Annual membership fees, as well as fund-raising events such as books sales and raffles, make a wide variety of programs possible. The group has also supported the library in other ways in the past: providing a new sign for out front, a refrigerator, two computers, an adjustable crafts table for the Children’s Room, as well as Leo the Library Lion (the kids love him). They provide refreshments for all events, prizes for our Summer Reading program, keep the library looking warm and welcoming with plants and other decorations, and take on various special projects from time to time. All are welcome to attend the meetings, the fourth Wednesday of every month at noon in the library. Bring a bag lunch, and help brainstorm ideas for programs and fund-raising events! If you are unable to attend meetings, consider at least becoming a member: Individual: $10, Family: $15, Business: $50, Lifetime $75 (per person). Checks should be made out to Friends of Hubbard Free Library.
Our capital campaign is winding down, but it’s not too late to contribute! While donations received thus far have enabled us to replace the 130-year-old slate roof, replace our ancient boiler with two excellent new ones (no more having to wear gloves in the library in the dead of winter!), and replace the noisy, defective heaters in the children’s room, much still remains to be done, including repairing the chimney, restoring our beautiful windows which, alas, are not as tight as they should be, and installing a handicapped-accessible restroom. Donations can be made by check or made electronically by clicking on the Donate Button above. All donations, no matter what the amount, are greatly appreciated.
There are numerous methods of making charitable gifts, many while retaining income interest, with current tax deductions generated for remainder gifts. Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts, Remainder Unitrusts, Pooled Income Funds and Gift Annuities are some examples. For information on these and other possibilities please contact Ken Young, Board President.
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