Dear Library Supporter,
We hope you are in good spirits and health! As one of the first libraries to reopen in Berks County during the yellow phase of COVID-19, we knew our friends and neighbors needed us. And we need you! Now more than ever, we’re so grateful for the community that has funded, volunteered, celebrated, and advocated for Hamburg Public Library through the years. At a time when everything feels uncertain, we find comfort and encouragement knowing that you care about our cause.
The Hamburg Public Library was built in 1903 through a donation from Andrew Carnegie, who said, “A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.” Through your support, we continue to bring Carnegie’s vision to the area. We do this through providing a diverse collection of fiction and non-fiction materials, a growing children’s collection, access to Wi-Fi and computers, as well as programming for adults and children. Since 1903, we have been part of the community, and, thanks to your support, we will continue growing and increasing our services to the region in the years to come.
We have continued to serve the community through the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout 2020, we had 140 programs with over 15,000 attendees, sent home almost 2,000 craft kits, and circulated almost 40,000 items. Our virtual storytimes were viewed over 12,000 times! We also expanded Wi-Fi access to the parking lot and kept our computers open to those who needed them.
2020 also brought with it a lot of change. We saw the retirement of long-time librarian Dan LaRue and welcomed our new library director, Chelsea Williams. We are excited to begin this next chapter of our library’s history, and we know that we can do that with your support. At this time, we are asking that you please consider donating to the financial support of our library. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Likewise, any and all contributions will be greatly appreciated, as they help keep quality programming and services available to everyone in the Hamburg Area.
Thank you for helping to keep the library alive,
Hamburg Public Library Board of Trustees