Why are we raising money? To support the services of the Library! The money raised will help defray costs for circulating materials (books, movies, etc.), online resources, and library programs and events for all ages.
Have you given yet? We're challenging 100% of the community to give!
Gifts of ANY size needed!
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The Wiggin Memorial Library is now part of the TD Bank Affiliate Program. You can choose the library as one of your supported organizations and TD Bank will make an annual donation to the library. It costs you nothing and the only thing you need to do is contact TD Bank (ANY branch, anywhere) once and let them know that you want to be part of the Affinity Program and add Wiggin Memorial Library (Code: A2215) as your affiliated organization. Tell your friends and family (anywhere) who use TD Bank that they can support your library too!!
2016 Goals for Fundraising Dollars - What would you like to help us with?
Museum Discount Passes: our discount passes to museums in NH and Boston are used by nearly 500 families every year and save those families $18,000. The library pays $2,500/year for library passes so the extra support through fundraising makes a big difference. In 2013, thanks to the generosity of a few donors, we were able to offer new passes to the Peabody Essex Museum, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the American Independence Museum, and the Seacoast Science Center. Our Friends of the Library Group sponsors the SEE Science Center pass at $200/year. Maybe your group or business would like to sponsor a pass?
Annual cost to library for museum passes:
Currier Museum of Art = $65 *Donated by a patron in 2016. Thank You!
Boston Museum of Fine Arts = $150
SEE Science Center = $200 *Thank You Friends Group!
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center = $250
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum = $195
Strawbery Banke = $250 *Thank You Friends Group!
American Independence Museum = $50 *Donated by a patron 2016. Thank You!
Children's Museum of NH = $300 *Donated by a patron in 2016. Thank You!
Peabody Essex Museum = $250
Boston Museum of Science = $600
Seacoast Science Center = $105 *Thank You Friends Group!
Portland Children's Museum = $
Bestsellers - Additional Copies: We try to keep waiting lists as short as possible by purchasing extra copies of the most popular titles. In response to demand, we purchase an additional copy for every 5 people waiting. That helps to keep your wait time down.Fundraising dollars can help us respond to demand so that you don't have to wait as long to read the book you want. You can make a donation and request that the money be used specifically for bestsellers. Even $30 can buy us 2 extra copies of a popular item.
Programs & Activities: Attendance at our programs for all ages has increased steadily for the past few years. Over 20% of attendees are first-timers who then become library regulars. As demand grows, we try to offer more programs on more different topics -- and, you guessed it - that costs more. We put program gifts directly to bringing in new speakers, for materials for craft programs for adults and kids, and to support programs we present in partnership with other groups like the Stratham Historical Society. Where else can you participate in fun, lifelong learning at no cost? Gifts in this area benefit nearly 10,000 people each year.
Technology Help, Instruction, and Access: In 2014 we offered monthly technology classes on subjects like downloading ebooks, using your tablet or iPad, and Facebook for beginners. We also set up drop-in technology help, when you can ask any technology questions and get useful, down-to-earth answers. We circulate e-readers so that you can try one out or take a bunch of books on vacation. Our public computers and wi-fi get used more than 500 times each month. Gifts help us to maintain the high-level of training for library staff, update the technology we offer, and support ongoing tech classes.