There are many assets that help a library to flourish: a friendly and knowledgeable staff, an expansive collection of materials, entertaining and educational programs, and a building that is comfortable and welcoming. There is another key feature that makes a library great: the people who support it. If you want to be one of those people, here are some ways you can contribute to the Bloomfield Libraries and make a difference.
Contribute to the Prosser Building Fund
The current Prosser Public Library building was built in 1963. Much has changed since then: the town of Bloomfield has grown by 25%, the library has experienced two damaging floods in the past decade, and the nature of library services has become much more dynamic, emphasizing a need for multi-use spaces throughout the building. The library is no longer just a place to check out books — it’s a community hub.
The Town of Bloomfield has hired an architectural firm, Tai Soo Kim Partners, to evaluate the options for either a new Prosser Public Library building on a site in Bloomfield center, or a renovated/expanded facility on the present site. In conjunction with this process, the Prosser Public Library Board of Directors has chosen to establish a building fund. The initial $5,000 for this fund came from a generous donation by the Rotary Club of Bloomfield, which was immediately matched by a $5000 donation from the Friends of the Bloomfield Public Libraries. If you would like to play a part in this exciting venture, please donate today to the Prosser Building Fund.
A donation can be made via a check made out to the Prosser Public Library, or you can contribute online through Pay Pal by clicking the Donate button. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover are all accepted. A Pay Pal account is not required.
If the plan for a new or renovated building does not go forward, money from the building fund will be used to expand library programs and services in the current building. Whatever the future holds, one thing is certain: your generosity will greatly benefit the Prosser Public Library and its patrons.
Include the Library in Your Estate Planning
Planned giving can help ensure that the library has the resources it needs to remain a vital and evolving part of the Bloomfield community. Through bequests, beneficiary designations, and other forms of giving, you can ensure ongoing support for an institution dear to you. Please consult with your attorney or other advisers to review your gift options.
Join the Friends of the Bloomfield Public Libraries
The Friends of the Bloomfield Public Libraries is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to the support of the libraries through fundraising and advocacy. The Friends raise and receive funds in order to provide support for programs, materials and equipment that might not otherwise be made available. Visit the Friends of the Bloomfield Public Libraries page for more details.
Give a Gift and Honor Someone
The library welcomes donations in memory or honor of someone special. Monetary gifts are accepted, as are books and other materials that meet collection development guidelines. Monetary donations can be given with suggestions as to what is purchased with the funds. A plate with the person’s name will be placed on the purchased item, and, where requested, an acknowledgment letter will be sent to a relative of the person honored.
Donate Your Books & Media
The Friends of the Bloomfield Public Libraries rely on your donations to help make their book sales successful. When the Friends succeed, the library succeeds. For more details about which items the Friends accept, please visit the Donate Books & Media page.
Buy a Book from the Friends
The Friends of the Bloomfield Public Libraries host book sales twice a year, in the fall and the spring, as well as two paperback book sales. Additionally, the Friends sell books from carts year-round near the entrances of both libraries. Not only can you find a good book at a great price, but all proceeds from the sales go to help support library projects.
Volunteer Your Time
Dedicated volunteers help the library staff achieve the high level of service that our patrons have come to expect. By partaking in the Adopt a Shelf program, volunteers ensure that the library’s materials can be easily located. Volunteers also assist with a range of special projects tied to the library’s changing needs.
To enquire about volunteer opportunities, please complete the volunteer application and return it to one of the library’s service desks. For more information about volunteering, please call the library at (860) 243-9721, or contact either Carol Lennig (email@example.com) or Linda Gabianelli (firstname.lastname@example.org).