The Wareham Library Foundation Inc. is a non-profit, charitable corporation formed in 2007 to raise and invest funds to support our public library in Wareham. The Foundation maintains a strong tradition of community philanthropic support, which dates back to the turn of the 20th century, when local citizens first established the Wareham Free Library.
Since its inception just several years ago, The Foundation has contributed over $150,000 to the Wareham Free Library. These funds support the purchase of books, equipment and programming that provides a wide range of educational and cultural opportunities to enrich the lives of Wareham residents of all ages. The Foundation’s contributions have been critical at a time when public libraries everywhere are facing significant budget cuts.
The Wareham Library Foundation provides the most protected vehicle for making donations to the library. The tax exempt status allows the maximum amount of an individual tax deduction. Library foundations have become increasingly recognized as the best way to channel funds for the benefit of public libraries and many public libraries here on the South Coast benefit each year from the support of their library foundations.
Elizabeth Wiley, President
Kerry A. Mello, Vice-President
James Mendes, Treasurer
Patricia Sheehan, Clerk
For more information about the Wareham Library Foundation, you can check out their website here.
Bridging The Gap
Our dedicated library staff, with the help of the Foundation and Friends, has made remarkable progress over the past several years restoring and expanding library services and FY 2020 shapes up as a banner year. (See Graphic). Over the first eight months, library visits and circulation expanded so much they approached levels we had not seen in almost a decade. Wareham Library Foundation support has been a major catalyst for this progress, since the Foundation and Friends of the Library are required to Bridge the Gap between town funding and what the library actually requires to operate at full capacity. The gap we are required to fill is about 20% of the library’s operating budget each year. This sustains the essential services that allow us to maintain library certification.
We need your help to “Bridge the Gap” and continue to provide outstanding library services to our community — even during a pandemic!
The world came to a standstill this past spring with the spread of the COVID pandemic, but library did not. Though the physical building has been closed to the public, our staff has been active every day; providing online story hours for children, expanded online book groups, public education via the library’s website and starting this summer, preparing books and materials that patrons can reserve online and pick up curbside at the main library. The library staff has been caring, creative, and most importantly responsive to our community’s needs.
Your philanthropic support is needed more than ever to sustain and grow our vital library services. In the past several years, the Library Foundation has donated over $113,482 and our commitment grows every year as library services expand. We have only been able to accomplish this because of the generosity of donors like you.
For more information about the this fundraising campaign or the Wareham Library Foundation, click here.
February 20 (Wareham Week) – Fundraiser must ‘Bridge the Gap’ in library budget
April 25 (Wareham Week) – Matching grant yields library more than $30,000 in donations