The private funding thermometer rose by $8,093 in August. Earlier this year, however, we inadvertently included the $2K IronPigs Charities Community Grant in the results, when it should have been excluded. Adjusting for that error brings the total for the year to $63,667, or 53.1 percent of the goal.

The bulk of last month’s private funding boost — more than $6,500 — came from private donations and the donation box, with sales in the Friends’ Book Nook adding another $830.

Cash receipts of nearly $700 (for lost and damaged items, printing/copying, and room rentals) rounded out the rest.

With four months to go, the gap is $56,170, or $14,042 per month on average.

In August, the library also received funds totaling $7,500 from the Public Library Association/AT&T grants awarded earlier this year. These funds are separate from the private-funding goal and earmarked for a series of computer/digital literacy workshops, an info session on the Affordable Connectivity Program on Oct. 13, plus computer equipment to support the workshops.

Check back next month for September results and please continue to show your love for the library by making a one-time or recurring donation, honoring a loved one with a memorial/gift book, or getting a jump on your holiday shopping at the Friends’ Book Nook — and also save the date for their big holiday sale on Friday, Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m., at the library.