Support Your Library

Support Your Library!

2019 Goal: $15K
2018 Goal: $10,000.00 Total Raised: $21,000.00

Why are we raising money? To support the services of the Library! The money raised will help defray costs for circulating materials (books, movies, etc.), online resources, and library programs and events for all ages.   

Have you given yet? We're challenging 100% of the community to give! 
Gifts of ANY size needed!

Make a gift online now! Use this secure "Donate" button to make a tax-deductible gift right now to support library services.

Sweet Grass Farm Fundraiser

Deadlines for orders: 
11/19 for Thanksgiving delivery
12/13 for Christmas delivery

Great for stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, Yankee Swaps, and your own home!
Click here for this year's order form.
[print, fill out, and return with payment to the library]

2019 Goals for Fundraising Dollars - What would you like to help us with?

Maker Equipment:

Everyone is getting into the maker/tinkerer/STEM movement! We are adding new equipment for everyone to use. We have a 3-D printer to buy materials for, as well as a telescope and microscope to keep maintained. This year we are adding a "Memory Lab" with a film scanner, audio recorders, VHS converter and other equipment you can use to preserve family memories for the future. We'll be using gifts to add to these collections (some call it a "library of things") and keep everything working smoothly.

Museum Discount Passes:

Our discount passes to museums in NH and Boston are used by nearly 500 families every year and save those families $18,000. The library pays $2,500/year for library passes so the extra support through fundraising makes a big difference. In 2016, thanks to the generosity of a few donors, we were able to offer new passes to the Portland Children's Museum and the New England Aquarium. Our Friends of the Library Group sponsors the SEE Science Center, Seacoast Science Center, Strawbery Banke, and Portland Children's Museum passes at $700/year. Maybe your group or business would like to sponsor a pass?

Annual cost to library for museum passes:

  • Boston Museum of Science = $700
  • New England Aquarium = $650
  • Peabody Essex Museum = $350 
  • Children's Museum of NH = $300 
  • Strawbery Banke = $250 *Thank You Friends Group!
  • SEE Science Center = $200 *Thank You Friends Group!
  • Boston Museum of Fine Arts = $200 *Thank You Friends Group!
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum = $195
  • Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine = $150 *Thank You Friends Group!
  • Seacoast Science Center = $100 *Thank You Friends Group!
  • Currier Museum of Art = $80 *Donated by a patron in 2018. Thank You!
  • American Independence Museum = $50 

Bestsellers - Additional Copies:

We try to keep waiting lists as short as possible by purchasing extra copies of the most popular titles. In response to demand, we purchase an additional copy for every 5 people waiting. That helps to keep your wait time down. Fundraising dollars can help us respond to demand so that you don't have to wait as long to read the book you want. You can make a donation and request that the money be used specifically for bestsellers. Even $30 can buy us 2 extra copies of a popular item.

Programs & Activities:

Attendance at our programs for all ages has increased steadily for the past few years. Over 20% of attendees are first-timers who then become library regulars. As demand grows, we try to offer more programs on more different topics -- and, you guessed it - that costs more. We put program gifts directly to bringing in new speakers, for materials for craft programs for adults and kids, and to support programs we present in partnership with other groups like the Stratham Historical Society. Where else can you participate in fun, lifelong learning at no cost? Gifts in this area benefit nearly 10,000 people each year.

Technology Help, Instruction, and Access:

In 2018 we offered drop-in technology help, when you can ask any technology questions and get useful, down-to-earth answers. We circulate e-readers so that you can try one out or take a bunch of books on vacation. Our public computers and Wi-Fi get used more than 500 times each month. Gifts help us to maintain the high-level of training for library staff, update the technology we offer, and support ongoing tech classes.

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FUNdraising Events

Biannual Book Sales

The library has two book sales each year in the spring and fall.
Book Sales Page

Sweet Grass Farm Fundraiser

October 2019

Check back often to see what events are planned! And, join our email news list and get all of the library news right in your inbox!

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Gifts to Your Library

Your gift to the library will make a big difference in what we can offer to the community. We're challenging 100% of the community to give! Every gift - no matter the size - makes a difference. Money will be used for books, DVDs, audiobooks, museum passes and more.
Remember, gifts to the library are tax deductible.

Ways to Give:

General Gifts:
Write a check for any amount to the Wiggin Memorial Library, and use the memo/note line to specify what you would like the gift to be used for.  Send checks to: Wiggin Memorial Library, Fundraising Committee, 10 Bunker Hill Ave., Stratham, NH 03885. We will send you a letter with our tax status information for your accounting purposes.

Summer Program Support:
Our many summer programs (performers, crafts, reading incentives) reach all ages and take a lot of resources. You can make a gift to support children's, teens or adult summer programs and help us reach even more people.

Write a check for any amount to the Wiggin Memorial Library, and use the memo/note line to specify "Summer Programs" and what age group you would like the gift to be used for.  Send checks to: Wiggin Memorial Library, Summer Programs, 10 Bunker Hill Ave., Stratham, NH 03885. We will send you a letter with our tax status information for your accounting purposes. 

Matching Gifts:
Many companies offer matching gift opportunities to their employees. Ask your Human Resources department if you can participate in such a program. Matching gift programs mean that any amount that you donate to the Library will be matched by your company. If you give the Library $250.00, the Library will receive a total of $500.00. Usually all that is required is a short form.

Make a Gift Online Now! Use this secure Donate button to make a gift right now to support Library services.

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Support Your Library through TD Bank

Are you a TD Bank Customer??
You can support your library without spending a dime!

The Wiggin Memorial Library is now part of the TD Bank Affiliate Program. You can choose the library as one of your supported organizations and TD Bank will make an annual donation to the library. It costs you nothing and the only thing you need to do is contact TD Bank (ANY branch, anywhere) once and let them know that you want to be part of the Affinity Program and add Wiggin Memorial Library (Code: A2215) as your affiliated organization. Tell your friends and family (anywhere) who use TD Bank that they can support your library too!!

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