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Support the Library
There are many ways you can support the Library. Every contribution, no matter how small, helps the Library grow and thrive.
Contribute Online to the Library Development Fund
The Library Development Fund was established in 1977 in order to provide Library materials, programs and physical improvements beyond the scope of the operating budget. The Fund is used at the discretion of the Board to purchase equipment, introduce new services, and strengthen existing programs.
Donations can be made safely and securely through PayPal. You don't need a PayPal Account. You can use Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.
What is it?
It's an organization that:
- Manages the Public Library
- Sponsors special programs and projects
- Informs the public about library resources and services
- Promotes fund raising projects
- Encourages gifts and bequests for endowment purposes and special resources
- Works to upgrade library legislation
The Association is led by a Board of Managers, fifteen Wallingford residents elected by the Association from the membership. The Board meets monthly to oversee the affairs of the Library. An annual meeting of the Association is held, and special meetings are called whenever the interests of the Association warrant.
What is its background?
The Wallingford Public Library Association originated in 1881 as the "Ladies Library and Reading Room Association." A small group of women selected the name, adopted a constitution, raised $1,000, collected 1,384 books and rented space in the Wallace Building. The Association was incorporated by a special act of the State Legislature in March, 1882. A landmark in the Library's history occurred in 1894, when Samuel Simpson bequeathed land at 60 North Main Street and money to construct a building. The Association voted to make the Library "free" with the provision that the Association retain control, and that sufficient operating funds be provided by the town and state. 1981 marked the Association's 100th year of service to the town of Wallingford.
View our annual report.
Membership in the Association enables you to elect the Board of Managers and receive a monthly newsletter, WORDS. Through membership dues, the Association helps the Library staff improve resources and maintain services for all persons in Wallingford.
Print out and return a membership application to the Library or ask at the Information Desk for a membership envelope. Become involved in and support the Wallingford Public Library Association as it continues to serve the community.
Give a Memorial or Honorary Book
The Library is happy to accept requests for donations in memory or in honor of someone. Please fill out a memorial/honorary book form with names and addresses of donors and recipients. The Library will choose and purchase a book. A plate with the person’s name will be placed on the inside cover and acknowledgments will be sent to the closest relative.
Donate Your Gently-Used Books, Music, and Movies
We welcome donations of used books, audio books, CDs, and DVDs in very good condition for our used book store.
Donations may be brought to the Information Desk when the Library is open; please do not leave them outside the building. For large donations, please notify staff at the Information Desk before bringing the books inside. We cannot accept music cassettes, video cassettes, magazines, National Geographics, record albums, Reader's Digest Condensed Books, textbooks over five years old, or encyclopedias over ten years old.
Please call the Library for more information at (203)265-6754.
The Book Seller, a cozy book shop located in the Main Library, features used books, cds, etc. in excellent condition. Look for the entrance under the green awning at the back of the Library. Regular hours are Monday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The store will be closed August 18-22. All proceeds benefit the Wallingford Public Library Association.
Volunteer Your Time
The Library is privileged to have an active volunteer force. Volunteers help keep our shelves in order, run the book shop, and organize book sales. High school students may fill out a student volunteer application and return it to the Information Desk. Adults may choose to fill out an online application or print out and return a volunteer application form.
Of particular interest to some patrons may be our Adopt-a-Shelf program. This is a fun and flexible volunteer opportunity designed to help keep library materials in good order. Interested volunteers donate time to keep one section neat and orderly by adopting that section. Training is provided by our Assistant Director, Amy Humphries. Please pop in and talk to Amy or call her at (203)284-6422 if you’re interested in helping us in this endeavor.