(This letter was mailed to Whitemarsh Township residents and past donors.)
“What would happen if the William Jeanes Memorial Library and Nicholas and Athena Karabots Center for Learning disappeared tomorrow?”
It’s a big Ask, and we didn’t shy away from it. We began the research for our new Strategic Plan by asking you—our patrons, our users, and our community—what role you thought the Library played in your life and your neighborhood. And as we work to craft this new Plan over the next 6-8 months, we will be asking ourselves what is the vision of our Library from the perspective of the various constituents in our library community: Are we a playground? A quiet research haven? A community center? A place to get the latest DVD for free? Apparently to our varied community, we are all of those things and more.
“The library is beautiful, the staff is expert and friendly, and there are loads of great programs!”
We want to continue to offer all of that, because our community has said they want that. Additionally, the latest survey from the Pew Research Center says an overwhelming 80% of library users want digital training, and it was certainly the most frequently requested service over the past year. So we’re looking at adding this to our schedule in the future. For those who have already crossed the “digital divide” we’re adding more e-books, research databases, and devices to check out. All of this—including the planning—takes time and money.
Which is, of course, the point of this letter. Yes, the William Jeanes Memorial Library and Nicholas and Athena Karabots Center for Learning receives the bulk of its financing from the Township. This covers regular operating costs. It is through additional funding—grants, state aid, contributions from our Friends group, fundraising events, and this, our Annual Appeal—that we are able to offer new programs, innovative services, a modern website, expanded collections, a more accessible and comfortable space, and so many of the other factors that go into presenting you with the best Library possible.
“The programs, materials and staff at the Library just keep getting better and better!”
Please consider a donation to our Library. Your donation is tax-deductible, and may be matched by your employer. We welcome checks by mail or in person, or electronic donations through our website here.
We’ll be posting on our library walls and website some of the wonderful comments we’ve received from patrons over the past year. Please feel free to add one to the enclosed envelope if you would like. We’d love to hear from you.
Thank you for your past support and consideration of a donation to the Library. We aren’t going away and we hope to see you in the Library soon!
Lisa A. Clancy Carole Lukoff
Interim Library Director Library Board President