What do you do when your community space has to close its doors? In the case of the Library, the answer is to think positively, act creatively, and do what you can to help.
Libraries around the world have had to make a serious pivot over the last few months. True, many library services have already gone digital (downloadable books, databases, etc.) but our core services are still community-oriented. We like bringing people together and sharing ideas. Despite all of the challenges of this year, I am astounded at how the people in our communities have supported each other.
In the library community there has been a steady exchange of ideas, strategies, and lessons learned as we all tread a similar path forward. At the town level, I am so thankful for our partnerships with the various commissions and businesses in Roxbury that have helped us plan safe outdoor activities this summer. And in our person to person communities I have seen many friends and neighbors go the extra mile to help someone in need.
Thankfully our library doors are open again. And while it may take some time before things return to “normal,” it’s times like these that you realize how important your community is. Your continued support is incredibly appreciated. With your help, we can continue to serve Roxbury in new ways and old, no matter what the future may bring.
All the Best,
Teresa Roxburgh, Library Director
Please give as generously as you can. The importance of our local public libraries can sometimes be overlooked, but they are integral to the structure of a community. The role of the public library is constantly evolving and in a small town like ours, we try to fulfill our community’s needs whatever that may be. 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 2020/2021 budget.
One of our goals for the coming year is to make some much needed repairs to the beautiful Hodge Memorial Library on the green. Your support and advocacy here at home is vital to make this possible.
Your donation will enable us to meet our operating expenses, to offer more programs and resources, and continue to improve and adapt. On behalf of everyone on the Library staff and the Board of Directors, we 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, Ciara Gorglione, Alan Johnson, Kathleen Keefe, Mary Schinke, Pamela Southworth, Joan Stracks
56% from the Town of Roxbury. This year’s contribution is $123,340
16% draw from Endowment and Savings Funds…
8% from the Friends of the Roxbury Library
4% from Grants and Art Show commissions
The remaining 16% of the budget comes from this annual fund drive.
Your contributions to this portion of the budget are crucial to the life of the Library
61% payroll including a full time Director, part time staff, and an outside bookkeeper
14% maintenance and utilities
6% circulation materials
7% on adult and children’s programs, supplies, and fundraising
3% internet, phones, fax, etc
40% of Roxbury residents are card holders, including 60 new patrons in the past year. With a collection of almost 40,000 items and the ability to use your library card anywhere in the state, there is something for everyone. Our collection includes thousands of downloadable e-books and audiobooks that can be accessed with your library card from practically everywhere.
E-books, museum passes, the newest releases in books and movies, it’s all here! Explore our website or stop in to sign up for a library card and to learn more about what the Library has to offer.