The Friends of the Chilmark Public Library is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization.
Susan Murphy, President
Write in care of Linda Thompson, Secretary
P.O. Box 434
Chilmark, MA 02535
Gifts to the gift fund are welcome.
Make checks payable to "The Friends of the Chilmark Public Library."
A letter from the Friends of the Chilmark Public Library.
The Friends of the Chilmark
Post Office Box 434
Chilmark, Massachusetts 02535-0434
You have had a busy,
productive year! Thanks to your past gifts to the Friends of the Chilmark
Library, you have celebrated the tenth anniversary of the opening of the new
building with generosity, style and foresight. You have funded a renovation to
the library’s landscape plan at Beetlebung Corner. You have purchased new
audio-visual equipment for the media room, vastly upgrading a system that was
original to the building. You supported the future staffing of the library by
funding the Cathy Thompson a scholarship that a part-time library staff member
is using towards her advanced degree in Library Science.
that is just what you did to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the new
building. What you regularly do is help bridge the financial gap between the
Town’s annual budgeted funds for the library, and the library’s actual
operating costs, a regular shortfall of about 25%. This year your gifts covered
expenses related to the library’s CLAMS (Cape Libraries Automated Material
Sharing) conversion: training for library staff, funding for additional
personnel for CLAMS-related cataloging, and the purchase of three receipt
printers. You also sponsor an ongoing technical support program for patrons
needing instruction navigating the new technology.
Additionally, you bought books. You replaced
the aging server. You funded the costs of the summer reading program and the
summer evening lecture series. You provided off-season activities including the
December book sale, The Vineyard Classic Brass Ensemble concert, the holiday
party, the off-season café, the “dead of winter” Friday night movies, and all
the invisible advertising expenses that make these events well-attended by the
continued support of the library is absolutely integral to its ability to
function as we know it. For all of us whose lives are so much richer because of
this remarkable library, thank you so much for your generous gifts.