The Maplewood Memorial Library Foundation has been established to accumulate, invest and distribute monies raised to fund projects outside the scope of the library’s annual budget.
In recent years, the role of the library has expanded far beyond lending books. In addition to its primary devotion to aiding literacy and instilling a love of learning and reading, the library offers a vast array of programs educating, enriching and entertaining every age group and segment of our diverse population. The library accomplishes all of this even while implementing continuous technological innovation. Roughly 1,000 patrons a day make use of the library’s resources including use of its computers, electronic e-readers and the global resources of the internet. The library staff offers invaluable assistance with multiple reference databases in addition to the more traditional finding and selecting books. Clearly the demands on the library are substantial.
The Foundation’s mission is to assist the library in all of its roles and more. The recently established Bausmith Endowment initiates our pledge to restore and preserve important historical archives and artifacts related to the town of Maplewood. We are committed to preserving the past even as we plan for the future.
Ultimately, we hope to offer the library some financial security so that it may focus exclusively on its vital and evolving role as information conduit and community cornerstone.