HPL Annual Fundraising Appeal
Dear Friends of Hopewell Public Library,
In 2021, Hopewell Public Library will enter its 107th year of serving Hopewell Borough and the surrounding areas. It began as The Free Public Library, started by the Roundabout Club, with books donated by community members. Our services have grown over the years, we've moved several times, but we have always been the cultural heart of the community.
This past year has been the most difficult in memory. The COVID-19 virus has forced us to implement public safety measures to prevent the spread of the virus. HPL closed its doors for three months and modified services and procedures. We instituted a phased-in plan to reopen on a carefully orchestrated rollout that included curbside pickup and eventually opening by appointment. Hopewell Public Library will continue to do all that is necessary to make the library accessible and safe for the community.
As we do each year, we are asking now for your help. The HPL Annual Appeal depends on voluntary donations from our friends and neighbors. It funds our book and digital collections, DVDs, magazines and newspapers. Because of COVID, we recognize our patrons are increasingly interested in electronic and digital resources. Thanks to a grant, we have recently added nearly 1,000 titles to our e-book collection, but we'll need additional resources to keep the digital collection growing.
COVID-19 also reminded all of us how important it is to maintain clean. sanitary public spaces. Professionally cleaning the library is more essential than ever in reducing the possibility of spreading disease, and your contribution also helps cover the cost of the front line workers who do this important job for us.
The HPL Annual Appeal is our most important fund raising effort each year. Every penny is returned directly to the community through the books and media we lend, the online resources we make available, and the subscription services we provide to our regular in-person visitors. Each year, l am always impressed and humbled by the community's generous response to the annual appeal. Hopewell Public Library will continue to thrive and serve, despite the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our personal and professional lives. Thank you, in advance, for your contn1rution.
Please make a contribution at a level that is right for you. We appreciate all of your past support and encouragement and look forward to welcoming you to the library again soon.
2020 Annual Appeal