Giving Tuesday is December 1st!
 
As the weather gets colder but COVID-19 keeps us all socially distanced and apart, the Windsor Public Library asks for your help. 
 
2020 has been a year like no other for the Windsor Public Library, as it has been for us all. This year we have done our best to meet the needs of our community while keeping us all as safe as possible from the pandemic. We have provided a robust schedule of virtual and backyard programming, including how to build a slingshot, the science of bubbles, a spooky backyard author reading featuring Joseph Citro, several ongoing book discussion groups, and more. We have met you outside for curbside delivery. We have invited you in by appointment to browse the shelves and use a computer once it was safe to do so. We have provided virtual and in-person reference services, interlibrary loan, ebooks and audiobooks, scanning/printing/faxing. The list goes on and on. As we near the end of 2020, we continue to work to provide the best possible services while we struggle with budget shortfalls due to COVID-19. While we were able to get some help in 2020 via a Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan and a grant from the Vermont Humanities Council, we had to cancel most of our usual fundraisers because of the pandemic: the alumni day book sale, our annual dance, and quarterly bake sales to name a few.
 

The Windsor Public Library is an incorporated library as opposed to a town library. Town libraries are fully supported by their town. Here in Windsor, our library is a private nonprofit. We gratefully receive 2/3 of our needed income from the town, but rely on donations, and interest from our investment account for the other third. Unfortunately, due to the current economic situation, our investment account has decreased significantly. Our current budget relies on withdrawing monthly interest from this account to make ends meet. The stock market downturn means that the interest we can safely draw is much less. Your help is needed to fill this gap.

As Giving Tuesday approaches, we realize that many of you may not be in a position to help at this time. We give you heartfelt thanks for previous support and our most fervent wish that your situation improves very soon. What's happening right now in the world means that some of us are struggling. If you can't help financially at this time, of course we understand. But if you can, please know that we are so grateful. 
 
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