To help make up for a drastic reduction in the Tolland Public Library’s books and materials budget, the Tolland Public Library Foundation has launched a $10,000 matching fundraising drive to encourage residents to make tax-deductible donations to the library.
The drive was launched Sept. 16 at the Celebrate Tolland festival. The town of Tolland is facing difficult funding decisions as its leaders and the state of Connecticut grapple with a budget crisis.
Due to the crisis, the library’s budget to purchase new books, dozens of magazine and newspaper subscriptions, DVDs, e-books, CDs and audiobooks was sharply reduced this fiscal year.
The Library Foundation is asking library patrons, Tolland residents and local businesses to consider making a donation of any size to the library to support the purchase of these books and materials. The newly expanded library is heavily used by patrons and these materials are considered a key public service.
The Foundation will match, dollar-for-dollar, every donation up to a total of $10,000. It has already given the library the first installment, of more than $350, to match early donations made since Celebrate Tolland. No donation is too small.
Donations can be made in person at the library at 21 Tolland Green or by mailing them to Tolland Public Library, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084. Checks should be made payable to the Tolland Public Library.
For more information about the Foundation or its matching drive, call President Linda Byam at 860-875-1446.