The latest private-funding numbers are in, adding $6,556 last month and bringing the year-to-date total to $20,925, or 19.4% of the goal.

April results got a big boost with a $5,000 donation from the Kelly Foundation (of the Kelly Automotive Group), and we appreciate their continued and loyal support in these challenging times. Contributions from other donors, plus the Friends of the Library, accounted for the rest of the month’s tally. In case you’re wondering, these figures do not yet reflect your generous support during Giving Tuesday, since that took place in May.

Even though the library typically gets two-thirds of its funding from state and local government, that component is affected as our supporting boroughs deal with lower revenues themselves. That’s why we were especially grateful for two recent bits of good news — first, the library has been approved for the federal Paycheck Protection Program, and we have also been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Trexler Trust to go towards eventually replacing an aging HVAC unit.

Look for May results here next month.


Thank you for your support as we navigate the future together.

Note: For new readers, or anyone who’d like a refresher on what private funding is and why it’s so important to the library, check out ‘Where does the library get its money?’ and ‘A decade of library financials’ from our blog archives.