Dear Library Supporters,
There aren’t many places in the world as special as Roxbury. The scenery, the history, and the community are just a few of the reasons why Roxbury is a haven for the lucky few who live here. We at the Roxbury Public Library are honored to be a part of this community. As your local public library, our number one priority is to enrich your life through life-long learning and new experiences. One library patron recently said, “You can tell much about a town by its library.” Indeed, we receive incredible support from the community including our tireless Board of Trustees, the Friends of the Roxbury Library, our volunteers, the Town of Roxbury, and the generous donations of library advocates like you. Thank You.
We Need Your Help
Our library is seeing steady increases in visits and check-outs and with your donations we can continue to improve. As support from the state dwindles and and operating costs increase, your contributions are critical for our growth. As the principal public library of Roxbury we receive generous funding from the Town as well as the Friends of the Library (who provide funding specifically for library books, movies, and programs for all ages), but we need to fortify those funds to make our 2016/2017 budget.
This year the Library Board of Trustees has been working on developing a Strategic Plan to guide the library over the next three years. Many of you shared your thoughts with us on how the library can better serve the community and we are eager to implement many of your suggestions. From increased technology training and internet resources to a more diverse calendar of programming for all ages, the library is ready to make the next step. With your support we can make this happen. We can be the best library for Roxbury.
On behalf of everyone on the Library staff and Board of Trustees, we thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity. Your donation will enable us to meet our operating expenses, offer more programs and resources, and allow us to improve and adapt in a changing world. Please give as generously as you can. Click here
to donate online, or look for our letter in your mailbox.
~Cynthia Newby, Chairwoman, on behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Roxbury Public Library.
Kerri Arsenault, Jeffrey Bennett, Mark Cohagen, George Feifer, Mari Frohne, Alan Johnson, Pamela Southworth, Joan Stracks
WHERE WE GET OUR FUNDING
49% from the Town of Roxbury. This year’s contribution is $114,000.
20% interest from Endowment and Savings Funds. The Library’s Endowment/Savings funds are conservatively managed by Bernstein Investment Research and Management, part of Alliance Capital Management.
9% from the Friends of the Roxbury Library. The Friends are a separate non-profit entity, organized and run by energetic and committed community members. The Friends of the Roxbury Library send out an annual membership letter and host the annual book sale at the Hodge. The funds they raise are used to purchase the books and movies that fill the library’s shelves as well as on programs for adults and children.
4% from Booth Free School and State grants.
Generous contributions of time from our volunteers. Our library is a better place because of their efforts.
The remaining 18% of the budget comes from this annual fund drive as well as art show commissions. Your contributions to this portion of the budget are crucial to the life of the Library.
HOW THE MONEY IS SPENT
- 63% payroll including a full time Director, part time staff, and an outside bookkeeper.
- 16% on maintenance and utilities
- 8% on automation services
- 6% on circulation materials (mostly funded by the Friends of the Roxbury Library)
- 3% on programs for adults and children
- 3% on miscellaneous costs (cost of fundraising, business expenses, computer equipment)
- 1% internet, phones, fax, etc.
WHO USES OUR LIBRARY?
Over 40% of the Roxbury residents are card holders and are able to take advantage of the Library’s collection of over 42,000 items, online resources including our new addition of Lynda.com, and access to materials from across the state all for the amazing price of “free”!
Visit our website (www.minormemoriallibrary.org) or come in to learn more about what the library has to offer you. From museum passes, the latest books and movies, to programs for children and adults, there is something for everyone. Last year we hosted over 150 programs and had almost 20,000 visitors walk through our doors.
Stop by for a visit, we would love to see you!