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Please help support the Abington Free Library and Roslyn Branch Library through the following:
Dear Library Friend and Patron,
This year has been a whirlwind for the Abington Township Public Libraries, as we celebrated our 50th Anniversary of unrivaled service to the Township.
- In January we accepted a Proclamation by the Township Board of Commissioners;
- In March we accepted a generous donation to the Library upon the grand opening of the nearby Ross Dress for Less;
- In May we were honored as Non-Profit of the Year by the Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and were selected as one of CAPT’s 24-Hour Relay honorees;
- In June we dedicated the Discovery Garden at the Main Library’s front entry;
- In July the Library’s Book Cart Drill Team triumphantly returned to the Glenside Patriotic Association’s July 4th Parade; we also took a trip down to WHYY, to staff the phones for their pledge drive;
- In October we were honored by the Willow Grove Chapter of the NAACP as the recipient of their Community Service Award.
The Abington Township Commissioners’ Proclamation in January reminds us of just some of the milestones in the Library’s 50-year history. It reads in part:
- Creating the Friends of the Abington Township Public Library in 1966 to support the growth of the Library, a group that continues to serve with its operation of the Book Cellar and a range of other giving opportunities for the Library’s benefit;
- Incorporating the Roslyn Branch within the Abington Township Public Library in 1967;
- Establishing an Adult Literacy program in 1984 in order to assist adults with reading difficulties, and later, expanding it to include General Educational Development and English as a Second Language tutoring;
- Creating the Ruth and Robert Abel Memorial Book and Film Discussion Group in 1988;
- Becoming a founding, and integral, member of the Montgomery County Library and Information Network Consortium (MCLINC) in 1995 in order to purchase and operate an integrated online library system throughout the county;
- Developing the innovative Abington/Roslyn READS! summer program, pairing young readers with teen mentors to foster reading development and retention over the summer.
Through it all, our libraries continue to develop popular programs that generate increases in attendance: library records indicate that our turnstile count to the end of October was 282,403, an increase of 4% over last year. To support this record of achievement and accolades, we ask you again to consider the Abington Township Public Library in your year-end gift giving plans, helping us confront increasing demands set against a limited budget. Your contributions may result in tax benefits for you if made by the end of the year.
Your support of the Library in the past is much appreciated, and we thank you for your continued support to help ensure that the Abington Township Public Library remains an exemplary community resource.
Thomas E. Tyler, President, Board of Trustees
Nancy Hammeke Marshall, Executive Director
Written in November 2016