Tuesday was #GivingTuesday in Woodstock and all over the globe. The website www.givingtuesday.org describes the day as “a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.”
Here at NWPL Tuesday was definitely a day of giving! Our Director of Development, Michael Ricci, worked tirelessly behind the scenes to create a special NWPL donation page on Facebook and get the word out about the one-day fundraiser. Facebook and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation teamed up this year to offer a platform for raising and matching charitable donations online. Michael’s hard work paid off! We are very proud to announce that we raised nearly $12,000.00 on our #GivingTuesday Facebook site. The library was full of energy and excitement from 8AM when we opened early until 8PM when we closed. Many supporters of the library chose to come in in-person and have library staff help them enter their online donation. One donor commented, “To me the library is the heart of Woodstock. Thanks for all you do.”
All of the donations we received on our #GivingTuesday online fundraiser site will count towards the NWPL Fall 2017 Appeal, which was launched a few weeks ago. The NWPL receives less than 40% of our annual operating income from municipal sources. The remainder of our income is raised through grants and donations from organizations, individuals and local area businesses. We are able to serve you with a talented team of librarians, purchase all the latest best-sellers, provide a historic space, offer programs for children and adults – all because of your spirit of giving. Thank you to the people of Woodstock for your love and support for your town library!