The Hanover Library is reaching out to the community for help.
A recent letter to library supporters says due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations have been forced to cancel their most important fundraising events, and the Hanover Public Library is one of those non-profit organizations.
Assistant Librarian Norma Graham says, this year, the loss of income has been substantial, noting their annual June Book Sale brings in about $4,000, and the art gala raises roughly $8,000. The donation box at the information desk in the library also receives regular donations, especially from people buying used paperbacks.
Graham says the book sale is a major event, "That's a huge fundraiser for us. Because of that funding that we'll be missing for programs and for materials and for events, we're hoping the community will pitch in and give us a donation for what they would have given us at the book sale or one of our other events."
Graham says they have managed to have one fundraising event during COVID-19, in partnership with the local Canadian Tire where $1 of every hanging basket of flowers sold went to the library. Graham says they raised about $4,000.
She notes, normally that fundraiser would have been been one weekend long, but this year it was extended for the month, "Canadian Tire Hanover's Dale and Cathy Cousins have been just the greatest supporters of the library now for several years running," says Graham.
She adds, "We're really grateful for the continued support of our community. We know the Library means a lot, to a lot of people and being closed for so long, we certainly heard from some folks that they really missed it, so it's great to be back."
The Hanover library, like other area libraries, is offering curbside pickup right now. There are also plenty of online resources including ebooks, audiobooks, streaming video and even online courses as well as access to an online concert collection which includes a wide range of artists like Madonna, Miles Davis, Adele and Journey.
Graham says, for those who can donate, every little bit helps.
Donation receipts will be issued for amounts greater than $10.
You can donate online at Canada Helps
You can make a cheque payable to: Hanover Public Library, 451 10th Ave., Hanover, ON N4N 2P1 Attention: Agnes Rivers-Moore.
Or you can call the library at 519-364-1420