As we embark on our centennial year, the William Fogg Library is launching an endowment campaign. This campaign will help ensure that we can provide quality resources and services for the next generations. It will help us physically maintain the library, and ensure this historic building survives for many years to come. There are many ways that you can assist us in our quest -- by making a contribution, by making a pledge, or by considering a gift of stocks or bonds, or a a bequest. Any amount is most welcome and important to our cause. All contributions are tax deductible. If you wish to contribute, our How to Help page will provide further information.
Please take a moment to read about the William Fogg Library, its heritage, growth, services and vision.
I am your library
For almost 100 years I have welcomed you to enjoyment, adventure and learning. With my books, I have shown you faraway places and beyond. I have sparked your imagination, unleashed your creative energy, and inspired you. Many of you were brought to me by parents or grandparents, and many have come here as new community members and made new friends. This is my mission and my fulfillment.
In 1999, I was given a new wing to provide more room for books and programs for our children. How I love to see them running up my steps for Story Time, and leaving with handmade crafts and lots of books.
Since 1999, I have had a few other procedures done. My granite steps had badly deteriorated and were replaced. My electrical and heating systems were upgraded. My roof was redone and gutters installed to keep rain from my basement. My two front rooms were given new window treatments which protect my books and paintings. New shelving, that matches the original shelves, has been added so I can accommodate more books.
Technology gave me computers, which let me give you more. One click of the mouse lists all my books and opens the door to the world of research. Many other internal changes have been and are being made. In short, “I’ve come a long way…”
I am your library. My vision is far-reaching and now I need your help. You have been good to me over the years and I trust you to continue to believe in me and my mission. I must keep up with and ahead of, if possible, the needs and services of my patrons. I will provide a comfortable, quiet place to relax and renew. I will continue to teach, inspire and entertain. To do this, I need to increase my present endowment, and this is where I need your help.
The bequest of Dr. John S.H. Fogg earned him unequivocally the title of Eliot’s greatest benefactor. His example has been followed to a lesser degree by others. To all of them, I am eternally grateful. Your help in donations, pledges and bequests will determine my future. I know you want me to succeed in this endeavor so I can do all the good things for your children and grandchildren that I have done for you.
I am your library. In 2007, I will be 100 years old -- still a jewel in the heart of the community -- and still going forward to meet the challenges of the new century. Join me and help me in my quest. Together we can always attain our goals and create a legacy for generations to come. I am your library and I thank you for your support.