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Your Support is Important

 A public library is one of the most valuable resources in any community.  They provide a comfortable space for people to gather; they are committed to offering free access to information and services that increase literacy; they support education and go a long way to enriching lives within the community; and they give both children and adults an opportunity to explore and utilize resources that sustain lifelong learning.  Libraries make a difference in people’s lives, and your contributions to your public library help to secure future growth and fulfill the library’s mission.   

How to Support the Library

Become a member of the Friends of the Library

As Friends of the Old Town Public Library, our purpose is to promote the use of the library, and to support the many programs for people of all ages, that take place at the library.  Through donations and fund raising activities we help to enhance what the library already has to offer. 

To become a member of the Friends of the Old Town Public Library, pick up a membership form at the Circulation Desk, or fill out the following membership form and bring it to the library with your membership payment: 

2013 Membership Form


Donate Materials

The Old Town Public Library accepts material donations, which are first evaluated for their appropriateness for adding to the collection. Items not added to the collection are sold through our Cat in the Stacks Bookshop, with proceeds going toward the purchase of new materials; given to our friends group, or given away . We will only accept items that are in good condition and published within the last five years. We do not accept encyclopedias, magazines, VHS tapes or newspapers. Textbooks are accepted on a limited basis (according to subject) and must adhere to the five year publication date requirement.

Make a Memorial Donation

A memorial book is a thoughtful way to remember and honor someone who has passed away. Many people purchase memorial books for their library simply because it is a positive way to remember someone special. The Old Town Public Library gladly accepts memorial donations in remembrance of individuals.  Memorial donations enable us to increase the number of materials available, which enhances the library collection.
 

Memorial Order Form

Give during the Annual Birthday Books Celebration

December is the month the Old Town Public Library celebrates its birthday, and you can help us celebrate by purchasing “gift” books from our display throughout the months of December and January.  You may wish to purchase a book in honor of a loved one, or in celebration of a family member’s birthday.  Book plates will be placed in each gift book.  Gift Book Prices:  $15.00 for Children’s Books; $20.00 for Adult Books.  Your selections will be made from copies of new fiction and non-fiction, which will be on display at the front desk.  

Make a Monetary Contribution

Direct cash contributions are the most common option for giving, and can be either designated for a specific purpose, or given without restrictions.  Cash gifts are used to purchase materials, to provide programs for both children and adults, to enhance library furnishings or gathering spaces, to develop and sustain the gardens, or to meet the library’s immediate needs.  The library has received contributions from such entities as:  individuals, civic organizations, corporations, foundations and associations.

Memorial/Gifts Form



Give to the Summer Concert Fund

Each summer the Old Town Public Library sponsors a summer concert series in Riverfront Park.  The concerts are solely supported by contributions from local businesses, civic organizations, non-profit organizations and individuals.

Volunteer at the Library

Click here to learn how to become an Old Town Public Library volunteer.

Old Town Public Library Grants

Grants from corporations, foundations, local businesses, civic organizations and community groups help the ensure that the library remains free and accessible to all within our community.  Grants make is possible for us to improve our building, upgrade our technology, support our programming and enhance our collection.  Our current grant status:

River Coalition Grant  - A $500 grant was recently given by the River Coalition to support the highly popular Tuesday Forum program.

River Coalition Grant – A $1,500 grant was recently given by the River Coalition to support a new program (Club Discovery 2) developed for 4th and 5th graders.


River Coalition Grant - $3,500 grant designated for Club Discovery 1.


Healthy Maine Partners 5-2-1-0 - $900 grant designated for healthy snacks for Club Discovery 1 (administered by the River Coalition).


Microsoft Employee Contribution – An undesignated and anonymous employee donation given quarterly. 

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