Gilmanton (N.H.) Year-Round Library receives town funding with help from United for Libraries
For Immediate Release
PHILADELPHIA — Gilmanton (N.H.) Year-Round Library, one of 10 recipients of United for Libraries' 2013 Neal-Schuman Foundation Grants, successfully passed a warrant article requesting $52,000 from the town of Gilmanton on March 11.
In 2013, residents voted down the funding for the library (by 401-322), which was then kept open for the year through fundraising and gifts. If the vote failed again, the library would have been forced to close. This year the warrant article passed 500-483. The library’s association is crafting a plan to make library funding a constant in the town’s budget.
"The Gilmanton Year-Round Library Association Board of Directors is thrilled with the successful vote," says Board President Anne Kirby. "We know we have a lot of work to do to continue to gain support, but keeping the library open was a crucial step!"
The advocacy team for the library launched a major public education and promotion campaign, educating residents about how important the library’s services are to seniors, teens, children and the community as a whole. After recruiting supporters they followed up with a major “vote yes” campaign.
In 2014, as part of the Neal-Schuman Grants, United for Libraries will select another 10 libraries for training that will help friends of the library groups, library directors and trustees develop individual blueprints for advocacy campaigns to restore, increase or save threatened library budgets. Applications are being accepted through April 15. To apply, visit www.ala.org/united/grants_awards/neal-schuman.
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