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Gilmanton Year-Round Library needs support to stay open past March

The Gilmanton Year-Round Library celebrated its fourth year of operation in September, proving to be a vital part of our community. Our library is a gathering place for all members of our community, as each month hundreds of patrons visit the library. The library is a source of inspiration and imagination to our children. It is a source of comfort and calm to our senior citizens. It is more than just library cards, books and reading; our library is a cultural space allowing people to experience this community and beyond.

We can report good news and tell you that as a result of generous support from patrons and friends of the library, the library will stay open through March. But, the reality is, to stay open past March, we need your help. It is imperative that the library be recognized as a town-supported community resource. The board of directors hopes the library will be a sustainable resource for many years to come. This can only be achieved with your continued efforts, and ultimately, with you vote.

There are many ways to help make this happen over the next several months. Let the selectmen and budget committee members know why the library is important to you and your family. Attend the public hearing and deliberative session and let your voice be heard. Most importantly, vote YES for town-supported funding on March 11.

As always, donations are aggressively pursued. You can make yours today by going to gyrla.org and clicking on the “Donate” button. You can contribute using your Paypal account or most credit cards. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, any donation is tax deductible. We are grateful to all our supporters for their generosity and look forward to continuing to serve our community.

As we look forward to the future of our town and its growth, the library will continue to serve as a vital resource for all residents. As our community evolves, the library will be there to support us. With your support, the Gilmanton Year-Round Library will be an integral part of our community for years to come.

(Anne Kirby is the president of the Gilmanton Year-Round Library Association.)

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