Ways to donate:
Please help support the Abington Free Library and
Roslyn Branch Library through the following:
Please note these changes during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- We cannot accept donations of used books/music/films
- Volunteers are not being recruited during the pandemic
Dear Friends and Supporters of Abington Township Public Libraries,
Here at the Abington Township Public Libraries, we think of ourselves as the community living room — a place where anyone can come to read, study, catch up with friends, discuss books and movies, explore new hobbies, or take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The COVID-19 pandemic left us with a unique challenge: How can we serve our community when our doors are closed? The answer was quite simple: We bring the living room to you.
We quickly adapted many of our programs so we could offer them virtually, such as story times, arts and crafts workshops, health and wellness classes, Doggone Good Readers, and online trivia nights. We implemented Curbside Pickup, creating a safe and convenient way to check out materials. We launched Beanstack, an online tool that facilitated Summer Reading Challenges. We promoted special, free resources through vendors such as Ancestry, hoopla, and Kanopy. Hoopla checkouts were increased from four to five per month, and we added over 100 titles to OverDrive. Recently, we added more portable internet hotspots, and more titles to the Kindle Paperwhites, while making these available for borrowing. We will continue to enhance our resources and services and find new ways of bringing joy to you, our guests. Regardless of whether our doors are open, you remain the driving inspiration for the work we do.
Like many businesses and organizations, we have faced unexpected financial struggles this year. The Friends of Abington Libraries have been unable to open the BookCellar to the public since March, and were forced to cancel their annual fundraising events. Given these setbacks and the uncertainties of the future, we respectfully and humbly ask you to please consider making a gift to support Abington Township Public Libraries. This year’s contributions will be put toward the library’s greatest needs, whether that is COVID-related protective supplies, standard operating costs, materials for virtual programs, additional hotspots for checkout, or increasing the number of eResources that are available 24/7.
While we look forward to the day when our doors are open once more, we are so grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve our community. Please accept our best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.
Thomas E. Tyler
President, Board of Trustees
Interim Executive Director
Abington Township Public Library
We cannot accept book donations until further notice.
Please do not put donated materials in the book return or outside the building. No donations, please!
When we do accept book donations again, these are our policies:
DONATED MATERIALS POLICY
Abington Township Public Library (ATPL) gratefully and willingly accepts donations as long as givers place no restrictions on their use or disposal. We accept three reasonably sized, non-commercial bags or small boxes of donated material per person whenever the Libraries are open. A tax receipt form is available for anyone who donates items.
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.
The Library Does Not Accept:
- Reader’s Digest condensed books
- Comic books
- Coverless paperbacks
- Books in poor physical condition (i.e. water damaged, smelly, mildewed, etc.)
- Travel books over five years old
- Toys or Games
- VHS Tapes
- Vinyl records
B. MONETARY GIFTS
Abington Township Public Library accepts monetary gifts in memory or honor of a family member or friend. A book with a commemorative bookplate will be placed in the collection in honor/memory of that person. Donors are encouraged to suggest a general topic of interest rather than specific titles. The librarians will make every effort to comply with the donor’s request, but reserve the right to make the final decision.
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