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DONATED MATERIALS POLICY
Acceptance of gifts for inclusion in the collection is determined by the acquisition librarians on the basis of their suitability in accordance with the Library’s materials selection policy. Donated materials, if added to the collection, are subject to the regular retention policy. The Library has the right to sell, trade, or dispose of any gifts that do not meet the selection policy criteria. Gifts become the exclusive property of the ATPL and will not be returned to the donor. The Library does not appraise gift values, recommend professional appraising, nor provide lists of donated materials.
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B. MONETARY GIFTS
Dear Friends, Patrons, and Partners of the Abington Township Public Libraries,
An October essay in the New York Times describes “a really good thing happening in America.”
Columnist David Brooks wrote of a burgeoning “collective impact” approach to community problem-solving, a strategy by which “Trust is built and the social fabric is repaired [as] people form relationships around shared tasks.” Brooks observed, “Building working relationships across a community is an intrinsically good thing.”
When I read those lines, I thought of our own “shared tasks,” and felt that Brooks could well have been describing most of what your Abington and Roslyn Libraries routinely accomplish, but they speak as well to the latest challenge the Library has accepted.
For nearly 35 years, the Library has offered the Adult Literacy Program, initiated in 1984 by the legendary Marlyn Cohen, and now administered by the talents and passion of Elizabeth Sperling and our volunteer tutors. Through the Adult Literacy Program, over 150 (mostly low-income) adults visit the Library each year to regularly meet with their loyal and equally passionate volunteer tutors, with whom they improve literacy skills, prepare for the GED, or become English language learners. Though previously publicly funded, the program this year saw long-declining state and federal funding dry up completely, a circumstance that has forced other area programs to shutter their efforts.
Recognizing that the Library’s Literacy Program is now in even higher demand, and that adults need literacy skills more than ever to succeed in today’s demanding society, the Library Board of Trustees has decided to rise to the challenge and assume funding and operational responsibilities for the continued vitality of the Adult Literacy Program.
We look at this as a perfect example of a community’s “shared task.” We look forward to generous funding assistance from the Abington Township Commissioners. As one student of the English as a Second Language program wrote to us, “I thank Abington for giving us a great place to learn English and know each other.” For students such as Keren, Rosa, Mirela, Daniela, and a host of others, we will dedicate the entirety of your generous response to our Annual Appeal to underwriting the annual expenses of the Adult Literacy Program. As always, your donation may result in tax benefits for you if made by the end of the year.
Your support of the Library and this newest “shared task” will be appreciated, most especially by the students who rely on the promise and hope the Adult Literacy Program offers. As David Brooks concluded, “You do enough intrinsically good things, and lives will be improved in ways you can never plan or predict.” Your donation this year will indeed help ensure that lives improve. Thank you for your continued support of the Abington Township Public Libraries and, now, the Library’s Adult Literacy Program.
Thomas E. Tyler Nancy Hammeke Marshall