Thank you for your interest in supporting the Kent Library Association! We are pleased to offer you an online option to become a new KLA member or renew your membership, using a credit card or a PayPal account. We are a Section 501c(3) organization, and your donation may be tax deductible.
The Kent Memorial Library needs your 2018 membership support to help sustain a vibrant community center and maintain our historic building. Our membership year runs from October 2017 to October 2018. We hope you will renew your support.
We are not a town department and need your membership support!
We are grateful to the taxpayers and Town of Kent for funding a third of our operating budget. But the library is not a Town department, and every year we work hard to raise the remaining two-thirds of our budget. This year, we have lost State funding of almost $5000 for our internet connection and operating expenses. Our computers and convenient Wi-Fi connection, which are heavily used by the public and essential for conducting business, will now cost over $3200 annually for internet connectivity.
We also struggle to keep our building and adjacent Firehouse in good, safe condition. Since 2013, the Library has sustained over $91,000 in capital and repair costs – not paid for by the Town — for building equipment replacement and repair. The expenditures are impacting the Library’s operating budget and draining emergency reserves. Your membership contribution will help pay the bills for this essential maintenance.
Something for everyone
We have children, tweens and teens covered, with programs such as Rhythm & Rhyme story hours for babies, Safe Sitter babysitting training and scavenger hunts, and this past year’s wildly popular Spring Break program, Dinosaur Rocks! For adults, the library hosts speakers on current topics such as gardening, local wildlife and health issues, and local and internationally-known authors talk about their newest works. We also provide exhibition space for local artists who are not represented by commercial galleries. For local businesses, the library continues to expand its resources, with a high speed photocopier/scanner/fax and workshops on solving business and technology problems.
We couldn’t do it without the hundreds of volunteers who generously give their time, and now we ask for your financial support to provide you with the best possible library!
Thank you again for your support.
Printed applications with checks payable to the Kent Library Association can be mailed to this address:
Kent Library Association
P.O. Box 127
Kent, Connecticut 06757-0127
If you would like to donate via PayPal or credit card, you may do so below.