The private-funding thermometer rose by $12,776 in September, bringing the sum for the year to $83,926, or 73.2% of the goal.

The total included $8,319 in general gifts, including two large donations from loyal supporters. Sales in the Friends’ Book Nook added nearly $750, with another $438 in cash receipts (for lost or damaged items, printing/copies, etc.) adding to the total.

The library also received $3,235 last month, representing the last portion of a grant for expanding our digital services (Hoopla and Kanopy) and e-books (Libby) in response to the pandemic. The grant was made possible in part by American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds from the US Institute of Museum and Library services as administered by the PA Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

With three months left to go toward the target of $114,706, the gap is $30,780, or $10,260 per month on average.

As we head into the homestretch, there are two important things you can do to support the library:

  • Watch your mail for the annual fund letter and contribute what you can, or donate through the button below.
  • Contact your local council members and urge them to allocate adequate funding for the library in next year’s budget (see links below). This is the time when budget discussions and decisions take place, and continued funding is never guaranteed. Your voice is needed to ensure the library can continue to serve you, your family, and the community:

Upper Milford (Board of Supervisors)

Thank you!