The following is a letter from Dave Mosley, Topsham Public Library Development Coordinator.
With the end of 2018 rapidly approaching, it seems a good time to look back over the past year. In reflection, there have been some challenges, but I find many more events that are positive and I am energized and excited.
A few months ago, I became the Development Coordinator for Topsham Public Library. Never technically being in development, I had the typical nerves and concerns about a new job. Luckily, I spent the past three years working at the front desk meeting and assisting patrons and I knew that we have the best group of patrons from any library I have worked at. Why? Simple! Because we all love this library and sense of community enjoyed by those who enter this building. I knew from speaking to all of you on a daily basis that our collective need for the library would translate to support.
This being the first annual appeal I am directly responsible for, I want it to be wildly successful. I am overjoyed to tell you that after the first six weeks, we are halfway to our goal of $90,000! This goal is our actual need in order to meet our commitment to the town to raise 15% of our budget.
For those of you who have already taken the time to donate, all of us at Topsham Public Library from the trustees, staff and myself give you our sincere thanks! The work we do here could not happen without your additional support.
For those who have yet to donate, please consider joining your fellow residents who have already shown their support. What you can donate is not as important as that you donate! You can send a check or stop by and use your charge card. You can even go to our website and donate directly from our support page, with either a one-time donation or a budget friendly monthly gift. Personally, I find it hard to fit a larger, one-time donation into my budget so we choose to give monthly. Soon we will be announcing a new program designed around this very form of support so stay tuned.
In the end, I don’t want this to be only about charitable giving. I hope you believe me when I sincerely say—Thank You! Topsham Public Library’s success is YOUR success, because this is OUR library!
And to everyone, Happy New Year!