The Yarmouth Port Library is a privately funded, public library.
Library services are funded by your membership contributions and donations.
Please consider getting involved by becoming a member of the Yarmouth Port Library Association, volunteering your time, or making a financial contribution.
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Annual Membership Campaign
Once Again, It’s Membership Time!
If you are reluctant to give in a higher category, you can nevertheless greatly assist us in defraying our ever-escalating costs by modestly increasing your gift within your accustomed range.
We begin the tenth campaign under unusual circumstances, to say the least. Like all Cape Cod libraries, we were shut down in March. In May we were one of the first libraries to partially reopen with limited services, but as I write this, we’re still not back to normal — open only 18 hours a week to limited numbers of patrons.
There is, however, some good news. At no time did we have to reduce or lay off staff, thanks in part to a Payroll Protection Loan from the federal government. The endowment has performed reasonably well, considering the impact of the pandemic and political turmoil. We had a successful plant sale in June and in October a “virtual” spaghetti supper brought in nearly as many dollars as the real thing (but of course minus the camaraderie of the actual event). A new quiet reading area, dedicated to the memory of Charles and Carolyn Gale, was established in the back of the library
We nevertheless remain more than usually dependent on the generosity of our members to help us get through this difficult period, as COVID infection rates are still climbing and any light at the end of the tunnel seems very far off. This year, for the first time, the Membership Campaign failed to exceed or come close to the stated goal of $40,000, falling short by nearly $10,000. As a result, for 2021 we have budgeted for only $30,000 in membership contributions, but with your help, we are hoping to do better.
If you are able to step up to a higher giving category, we hope that you will do so. If not, we ask that you make every effort to maintain your current level of giving, and if possible, consider an increase. Given our minimal funding from the Town of Yarmouth ($500), membership donations provide important support for our services and programs.
Membership Campaign letters will be going out soon to all past, present, and (we hope) future members of the library; return envelopes will be enclosed for your convenience. Thank you in advance for your contribution.
Les Peat, Treasurer, For the Membership Committee
Click here for the Yarmouth Port Library Association Membership Form, or call the library at 508.362.3717 for more information.
There are often opportunities to volunteer at the library: Genealogy Room and Archives Assistant, general library assistance (processing, organizing and shelving materials), and for special projects or one-time events. For more information stop by the library to pick up a volunteer application, contact the library at 508.362.3717, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a privately funded public library, the Yarmouth Port Library does not receive funding from the Town of Yarmouth. The Yarmouth Port Library Association raises funds through private donations, grants, bequests, and other gifts. Your donations provide the operating funds we need to stay open today and in the future.
Ways to Donate:
- Make a financial contribution to the library
- Talk to your employer about Employer Matching Contributions
- Establish a Charitable Gift Annuity
- Give a gift of stocks or bonds
- Donate books and other library materials
- Donate historical materials to our archives and special collections
- Give items or time to our fundraising events
Please consult with your lawyer or financial adviser before donating.