Support Your Library!
2014 Goal: $8K
2013 Goal: $10,000.00 Total Raised: $10,150.00
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!
Make a Gift On-Line Now! Use this secure Donate button to make a tax-deductible gift right now to support library services.
Harvest Craft Fair
Saturday, October 25, 2014
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The craft fair, conveniently timed for holiday shopping, features a variety of handcrafted goods by exceptional artisans. Enjoy raffles, light lunch items, cider donuts, and a table full of crafts made by Stratham teens. Visit our Sweet Grass Farm fundraiser table to place or pick up your holiday orders.
What a fine way to spend a day with friends and family while supporting local artists and your local library—see you there!
Check back often to see what events are planned! And, join our e-mail news list and get all of the library news right in your in-box!
Support Your Library through TD Bank
Are you a TD Bank Customer??
You can support your library without spending a dime!
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!!
2014 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 *Thank You Marilyn Bean!
Boston Museum of Fine Arts = $150
SEE Science Center = $200 *Thank You Friends Group!
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center = $250
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum = $195 *Thank You Connie Aubin-Adams!
Strawbery Banke = $250
American Independence Museum = $50 *Thank You Bob Mitchell!
Children's Museum of NH = $300
Peabody Essex Museum = $250 *Thank You Connie Aubin-Adams!
Boston Museum of Science = $600
Seacoast Science Center = $105 *Thank You Connie Aubin-Adams!
Boston Children's Museum = $675
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 2013 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.
Shop Online and Support the Library
Use Charity Blast as an entryway to your favorite stores and a portion of everything you spend will come to support the Wiggin Memorial Library. It doesn't cost you extra and you don't have to fight the crowds at the mall!
How Does It Work?
Click onto Charity Blast (http://www.charityblast.com), choose "Wiggin Memorial Library" as your charity and then go on to your favorite shopping places.
So, if you are planning to buy a Nikon Coolpix L22 Digital Camera for someone on your list this year, you can go through CharityBlast to get to Target, purchase the camera online (saving $30.00!) and the library will automatically get $1.20! That may not sound like much, but it really adds up.
The donations to the library are on your total purchase, so when you buy a TV, some DVDs and a new case for your iPhone at BestBuy, the library could be getting over $100 from your purchase alone. see more examples & stores
There are more than 80 great stores available including:
- Apple & iTunes
- Best Buy
- Disney Store
- Old Navy
Make a Gift On-Line Now! Use this secure Donate button to make a gift right now to support Library expansion and renovation.
Gifts to Your Library
Your gift to the library will make a big difference in what we can offer to the community. We're challenging 100% of the community to give! Every gift - no matter the size - makes a difference. Money will be used for books, DVDs, audiobooks, museum passes and more.
Remember, gifts to the library are tax deductible.
Ways to Give:
General Gifts: Write a check for any amount to the Wiggin Memorial Library, and use the memo/note line to specify what you would like the gift to be used for. Send checks to: Wiggin Memorial Library, Fundraising Committee, 10 Bunker Hill Ave., Stratham, NH 03885. We will send you a letter with our tax status information for your accounting purposes.
Summer Program Support: Our many summer programs (performers, crafts, reading incentives) reach all ages and take a lot of resources. You can make a gift to support children's, teens or adult summer programs and help us reach even more people.
Write a check for any amount to the Wiggin Memorial Library, and use the memo/note line to specify "Summer Programs" and what age group you would like the gift to be used for. Send checks to: Wiggin Memorial Library, Summer Programs, 10 Bunker Hill Ave., Stratham, NH 03885. We will send you a letter with our tax status information for your accounting purposes.
Matching Gifts: Many companies offer matching gift opportunities to their employees. Ask your Human Resources department if you can participate in such a program. Matching gift programs mean that any amount that you donate to the Library will be matched by your company. If you give the Library $250.00, the Library will receive a total of $500.00. Usually all that is required is a short form.
Join the FUNdraising Committee
We have lots of events to plan and people to talk to, and you can help. Our fundraising committee meets monthly to plan ways to reach our annual goals. You could help out with a specific event, or help us with planning the fundraising calendar. Get in touch with Lesley Kimball, Library Director at 772-4346, or e-mail, and find out how you can participate.
Next Meeting: TBD