Twenty-five years ago, some people would have predicted the demise of public libraries. Now, quarter of a century later, there are more public libraries than Starbucks in the US. So what happened? For my part, I think the real purpose of public libraries had been hiding behind a wall of books. Yes, there are books (lots of them) and it’s still a big part of what we do, but a public library at its core is really about community. Here in Roxbury we had almost 18,000 visitors come through our doors last year and while we aren’t a typical hushed temple of knowledge, our library is distinctly Roxbury. It’s a place to visit with neighbors, catch up on the latest goings-on, talk about what books and movies you’ve enjoyed, see some spectacular art, and learn something new.
And the internet some people we were worried about? It’s an integral part of the services we offer to the community. Our e-book and e-audiobook checkouts have soared in the past couple of years. We offer online magazines and newspapers, access to Lynda.com’s vast library of exceptional online classes, and the ability to access materials from all over the state.
Like all things, libraries change over time. Your donations allow us to evolve with you so that the library can continue to be a place that supports your endeavors, whatever they may be.
Teresa Roxburgh, Library Director
Please give as generously as you can. Each year, state budget cuts threaten our most valuable library services. We are lucky to have strong advocates across the state helping to stem the tide but your support and advocacy here at home is vital. As the principal public library of Roxbury we receive generous funding from the Town as well as the Friends of the Roxbury Library (who provide funding specifically for library books, movies, and programs for all ages), but we need to fortify those funds to make our 2018/2019 budget.
Several new projects are underway as part of our 2017 – 2020 Strategic Plan. Last fall we had fiber internet installed as part of statewide project for public libraries. We now have some of the fastest internet in Roxbury! We are also testing a new interlibrary delivery system that we hope will allow you to access materials from other libraries with more speed and reliability. The purpose of these projects and others is always to meet the needs of the community.
Your donation will enable us to meet our operating expenses, to offer more programs and resources, and to improve and adapt in a changing world. Our Board and staff thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity.
Please visit our donation page HERE where you can conveniently donate online with a credit card.
~Cynthia Newby, Chairwoman, on behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Roxbury Public Library
Jeff Bennett, Mark Cohagen, Ciara Gorglione, Alan Johnson, Kathleen Keefe, Mary Schinke, Pamela Southworth, Joan Stracks
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.
About 40% of Roxbury residents are card holders and are able to take advantage of the Library’s collection of over 42,000 items, an online library that includes access Lynda.com and over 10,000 e-books, and access to materials from across the state!
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 200 programs and had almost 18,000 visitors walk through our doors. If you haven’t visited the library in a while, stop in and see what’s new!