As you may have heard, the Warrant Article asking Newbury voters to approve the library expansion and renovation did not pass at Town Meeting on March 9. 260 people voted: 154 YES, 106 NO. 156 YES votes were needed to pass.
Once again, weather was a problem. It started snowing about 3 pm, and driving was very bad. One inch of snow was predicted and the town got 4-5 inches, with minimal plowing until after Town Meeting.
We are disappointed, but not devastated. After all, in both 2021 and 2022 a majority of voters voted YES! The Library warrant article will appear again at Town Meeting in 2023.
With inflation and rising interest rates, additional financial support is needed. Steps we have taken since Town Meeting: submitted a grant application to a local bank; applied to become a NH Casino Charity Partner; and received approval to participate in New Hampshire Gives.
What can you do to help? 1) Make a donation. Every gift helps.
2) Support the Newbury Public Library Foundation through NH Gives.
What is NH Gives? Hosted by the NH Center for Nonprofits, NH Gives is the state’s largest day-of-giving – bringing together hundreds of nonprofits and tens of thousands of donors to raise as much money and awareness as possible for the causes served by NH’s nonprofit sector. It is 24-hours for Granite Staters to give back to the nonprofits that give so much to our communities every day.
When is NH Gives? NH Gives begins at 5 PM on June 7 and ends at 5 PM on June 8. Watch for more information.
The way people use libraries has changed, but libraries are just as relevant and useful today as they have been in the past. People use libraries for computer and Internet access; for technology help; for homeschooling and tutoring; for access to eBooks and streaming media; for community programming for all ages; for job searching and continuing education; for community health and social resources; and for information searching and access as well as for traditional books, audiobooks, and movies. Our expanded library will allow us to continue to meet the needs of our community.
We need your help now.
Please consider volunteering your time for us, hosting a small gathering in your home for an information evening, or letting us know that you are willing to state publicly that this is a community cause you support. Supporters build supporters.
We are planning to raise some of the building costs through private donations. We are fundraising now. Donate now and join the charge. We are counting on you. You are indispensable to our beautiful community of Newbury.