November 30, 2018

Raymond Village Library annual appeal: It can’t do it without you

This Thanksgiving, the Raymond Village Library kicked off its major fundraiser of the year. What an appropriate week to ask the community for their support!

The library’s annual appeal needs to raise $35,000 to continue to provide our many programs and services for the community. “The library is a vital part of the community in Raymond, serving as its community center and cultural focus,” stated Sheila Bourque, the Library Board President. “We are community focused. We are always looking for ways to make our community a better place to live. This past year has once again shown that by working together, collaborating with each other, we can create a special place.”

Under the leadership of Library Director, Allison Griffin, the Raymond Village Library continues to shine as they provide services to everyone in the community. In addition to expanding their print, audio, and DVD collection, the library has brought the Raymond Arts Alliance into its programming, adding art, music, poetry and many other cultural events to the Raymond community. The addition of Senior Hours every Tuesday morning offers yoga, games, reflexology, and monthly bus trips for our senior community. This popular service has filled a vital community need.
Collaboration with other community groups such as Age Friendly Raymond, the Raymond Village Community Church, United Church of Christ, Saint Josephs College, Windham/Raymond Adult Education, 4-H, Be the Influence and the Raymond Lions Club has brought the Raymond Village Library a traveling mural, Adult Education programming, and a grant funded intergenerational garden
next to the library’s parking lot.

The “Keeping Raymond Warm” insulating window program for our Raymond residents, a partnership between the Raymond Village Library, Raymond Village Community Church, the United Church of Christ, and an AmeriCorps volunteer based at Saint Joseph’s College demonstrates how neighbors can help neighbors to keep warm and save energy.

The positive energy in our library makes working here a joy. Our staff and volunteers are committed to serving the community and making Raymond a special place to live,” said Allison Griffin, Library Director.

Raymond Village Library continues to act as the community center for Raymond. The library collected and distributed candy up and down Main Street for Raymond’s annual Halloween on Main Street celebration. Over 500 children passed through our doors on October 31! The Annual Christmas Tree lighting, sponsored by the Raymond Lions Club and complete with cocoa, cookies, and a visit from Santa, continues to be a highlight of the year for Raymond residents. The library’s weekly baby and toddler story time, monthly reading time with the therapy dog Lucy, and monthly Maker programs for kids continue to be very popular. Our addition of a microscope DASH the robot, and additional science programming has opened new doors for our children.  Our continuing author series and book club remain strong. our activities are fun and entertaining, we have not lost sight of the important role we play in our community to fill some significant needs.  All of our programming and investments are done with
a purpose” said Leigh Walker, Library Treasurer.

With the successful completion of our Annual Appeal, the Raymond Village Library hopes to add 12 staff hours to our schedule in order to provide even more services to our community. But we can’t do it without you! Donations from our community are what allows the library to provide so many programs and services, and they are an important investment in a community organization which serves people of all ages and interests.

Very simply, the Library needs your financial support. We need to raise $35,000 with this appeal. Our challenges include the minimum wage increase and our goal to provide more services for our school age children. We are committed to our library and managing our dollars wisely. We can’t do it without you. Our library is worth your investment,” said Paul Cullinan, Board Vice President.

You can donate to this wonderful community resource on-line by visiting, dropping by the library during library hours or by mail by sending your donation to Raymond Village Library, PO Box 297, Raymond, ME, 04071.

The Library:
- Provides community for our seniors though our Senior Only Hours, delivering educational programs, helping forge new friendships and eliminating potential social isolation.
- Improves literacy, science, technology, engineering and math skills in our preschool children through early childhood programs.
- Provides access to technology and internet resources by updating our computers and providing laptops and Kindle readers.
- Helps expand access to reading through use of those same technologies to people with low vision issues.
- Builds partnerships with 4H, Raymond Community Garden, Age Friendly Raymond and Raymond Arts Alliance to help build a social, cultural, arts and community center.
- Expands educational opportunities by hosting Windham/Raymond Continuing Ed classes, and hosting other arts and literature programs.
- Promotes civil discourse but supporting the Makeshift Coffee House and Seeds of Peace programs.

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