MASHPEE, Dec. 16—The Friends of the Mashpee Library has set up an endowment for the library. “We expect the endowment to grow and attract major donations that will ensure our library has the extra funding it needs to serve the community well for years to come,” said Ann Macdonald, President of the Friends’ Board.
Contributions to the Friends are tax-deductible. The endowment funds are invested to earn interest, under the management of an Investment Committee. The endowment was initiated by Ceil Sneider, outgoing president of the Friends and endorsed by the Library Trustees.
The Friends’ fundraising had a big boost this year thanks to a successfully completed challenge grant of $50,000 from Robert Selander in memory of his parents, Gloria and Herb Selander. The Selanders were enthusiastic Mashpee Library supporters and Mrs. Selander was a former Mashpee Library Director.
“We raised $50,000 towards the Selander matching challenge with the help of a special bequest from the estate of Mashpee resident Dottie Bottos, plus a very successful Gala and Auction to celebrate the library’s fifth year,” Ms. Macdonald said.
The Friends help the library by supplying needed materials (books, subscriptions, films, etc.) and equipment beyond the state and local budget allocations. This year, for example, the Friends bought 10 iPads for patrons to use at the library, and supplied museum passes and other materials.
“We have a very beautiful and busy library,” Ms. Macdonald said, “and we want it to be assured of future support. Older towns on the Cape have large endowments for their libraries, and Mashpee needs to have a similar advantage.”
Mini-Golf at the Library a Great Success!
$27,000 More Needed to Meet Challenge
The turnout was very good for our free program, “Hole Lot of Fun” mini-golf at the library Aug. 2, and we made $720 in donations. This and other donations and new memberships leave us with $27,000 more to raise by Oct. 1 to meet the Selander matching challenge of $50,000. The best part of the mini-golf was that everyone had fun!
Thanks to Smitty’s for donating ice cream and serving it on site, and to Friends’ corresponding secretary Carolyn Markowski, who baked a zillion cupcakes to sell, which were gorgeous and delicious.
This is an event we’d like to repeat next year, with more advanced publicity and a larger attendance.
New Events Coming Up
Coming up before the Oct. 1 fundraising deadline is “Licks for the Library,” when our local ice cream merchants donate part of their daily profits to the Friends. The date is tentatively Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Please be ready to eat a lot of ice cream that day.
Other coming attractions include the popular “Dining for Books” event, for a week in October, a family fun event at the library, a cocktail party, and an author event.
Please note that we now have a “lifetime membership” offered at $100. We encourage you to sign up for this before October 1, and to tell your friends. We also can use your ideas and other help, especially to meet the Selander challenge.
Leave a message for us at (508) 539-1435 ext. 3017 and we’ll call you back. Checks, made out to Friends of the Mashpee Library, can be mailed to us at P.O. Box 900, Mashpee, MA 02649, or can be left at the Library circulation desk.
Thank you for your support!