Our purpose is to help the Library achieve its goal to be the center of information and discovery in our community. We achieve that purpose with enthusiastic volunteers and generous donors. Won't you consider joining us?
Helping our neighbors has never been more important, which is why the Harrison Public Library never stopped providing service from the earliest days of the pandemic to today. As we hope you know, your library found creative ways to deliver crucial information, education, and even much-needed entertainment to you and your neighbors. Our buildings may have closed for a time, but our service never stopped.
Popular library programs moved online to give home-bound families daily opportunities to learn and enjoy virtual time with their neighbors
Our eBook collection gave respite and information to news-weary readers
Enhanced Wi-Fi service gave you access to the Internet from the library parking lots and the Reading Garden while the library buildings were closed
Curbside pickup enabled you to safely check out books and movies
Behind the scenes, the library staff and board of trustees carefully prepared for opening with safe physical access to books and other resources.
By appointment, you can browse the shelves, use computers, and confer with library staff in a safe space
The library staff cheerfully handles requests by phone, text, and online. They even make suggestions for books you might enjoy!
The Reading Garden provides a beautiful outdoor setting for contemplation and conversation
In short, your library used its creativity and energy to serve our community. Now we need your help to make sure excellent library service continues without disruption. This year’s library budget was decimated by unexpected expenses like installation of numerous plexiglass shields, ventilation scrubbers, and cleaning, cleaning, and more cleaning in both buildings. Next year’s library budget faces additional strains. To help our town’s residents, the library board chose to forego even a moderate increase in the library tax levy. Even with strict controls, though, library expenses will go up. We need your gift to fund crucial services such as:
Early-reading programs to replace a 16% budget cut
Additions to the book collections to offset a 15% budget reduction
Care and maintenance of the Reading Garden
Expansion of curbside pickup and by-appointment hours
Won’t you please help with a generous gift to the Harrison Public Library Foundation? Like so many other organizations, we had to cancel our fund-raising events this year which means we must rely on your individual generosity to fund library services like these. We know good people like you support many worthwhile causes in this time of need, so we hope you consider that your gift to HPLF will resonate throughout the community as it helps the library help others.