August 21, 2019

Essex Library Campaign Hits Halfway Mark

Essex Library’s Children’s and Young Adults’ Librarian Jessica Branciforte promotes early literacy through story hours and reading-focused activities

The Essex Library’s 21st Century Campaign has reached an important benchmark, reports the fundraising campaign’s Chairperson, Dick Buel. “We’ve raised $500,000, thanks to the donations that more than sixty generous individuals made to the silent phase of the campaign. We are now halfway to our goal of adding $1,000,000 to the endowment. That will enable the Library to continue serving Essex as it has in the past.” 

The 21st Century Campaign fund was conceived by the Essex Library’s Board in 2009 in response to the catastrophic downturn in the markets which dramatically eroded the Library’s endowment. Retired long-time Library Director Ann “Boo” Penniman graciously agreed to serve as the Campaign’s Honorary Chair. “She’s the person to whom the Essex Library Association owes its inspiration and modern shape,” Buel explains. The Campaign will go on until the end of 2013, “at which time we hope that the Library’s finances will have been placed on a more secure footing. We’re trying to build an endowment that allows us to maintain the Library’s excellent level of service in the future without having to ask for more money from the Town.”        

All donations and pledges will be gratefully received. If donating by check, please be sure to send it to the attention of Library Director Richard Conroy at the Essex Library, 33 West Avenue, Essex 06426.  If you wish to donate securities or to make a wire transfer, please call and request instructions at 860-767-1560. Donations are tax-deductible, and will help guarantee a healthy future for one of our town’s greatest assets.