Donate

The Sunderland Public Library is a vital symbol and resource of the Sunderland community, and relies on donations in order to maintain many of the services we provide to our patrons. The Friends of the Sunderland Public Library, Inc., a private, non-profit charity formed to support the Sunderland Public Library, graciously accepts a variety of donations on behalf of the library. Most of the lively programs we offer, all of the technology available for our patrons to use, and many of our books and other library materials have been made possible by generous donors to the Friends of the Sunderland Public Library, Inc.

While we welcome donations for a variety of purposes, we encourage potential donors to speak to the Library Director or Friends of the Sunderland Public Library, Inc. to learn more about which projects the library is currently seeking donor assistance with. Please review our Donation Policy to learn what types of donations the library can accept and how these donations may be recognized.

12 Ways You Can Support Your Library:

1. Donate Money: We accept monetary donations of any amount, any time of year. Please fill out the Friends of the Sunderland Public Library, Inc. Donation Form and either drop it off at the library or mail it to:

Friends of the Sunderland Public Library, Inc.

20 School Street

Sunderland, MA 01375

2.  Donate Materials: The Friends of the Sunderland Public Library, Inc. accepts donations of new and gently used books, DVDs, audiobooks, and CDs. Most donated items are sold during the Friends of the Sunderland Public Library Inc.’s book sales. New items may be added to the collection at the discretion of the Library Director. Please review the Materials Donation Policy before you donate. Please also keep in mind that all donations must be delivered to the library’s circulation desk. Please do not leave donated items outside of the library.

3. Donate Time: The Sunderland Public Library is always seeking volunteers to help at the library. Volunteers can help by shelving materials, leading community programs, gardening, and more! If you have an idea about how you can volunteer your time at the library, please contact the Library Director.

4. Memorial Gifts: The library is honored to be the recipient of memorial gifts. Please speak with the Library Director or the Friends of the Sunderland Public Library, Inc. about making a memorial gift to the Friends of the Sunderland Public Library, Inc.

5. Participate in our Annual Book Fund Appeal: Each year the Friends of the Sunderland Public Library, Inc. makes an appeal to our community for donations to support their Book Fund. Donations to the Book Fund will be spent on books, DVDs, audiobooks, newspapers, and magazines – the essentials for a library. Please print the Annual Appeal to make your donation. Donations to the Book Fund provide the library with vital resources and enables us to maintain our certification, which is essential to all library operations. The funding the library receives from the Town of Sunderland is not quite enough to meet the requirements of certification, and we rely on donors like you to ensure we are able to continue to provide library services to the Sunderland community.

6. Join the Friends of the Sunderland Public Library, Inc.: The Friends of the Sunderland Public Library, Inc. is always seeking new members. They meet at 6:30 pm on the fourth Monday of the month in the library’s Community Room (The Friends do not meet in December, June, or July).

7. Shop using Amazon Smile: When you shop using the website smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to a charitable organization of your choice. The Friends of the Sunderland Public Library, Inc. is one of the many organizations you may choose to donate to. Amazon Smile offers all of the same products as Amazon.com.

8. Donate with the UMass Amherst Community Campaign: The UMass Amherst Community Campaign (UMACC) is an employee benefit that allows faculty and staff of UMass Amherst to donate to any charitable organization, through payroll deduction, check/cash, or credit card.

9. Donate on Valley Gives Day: The Friends of the Sunderland Public Library, Inc. is one of many organizations that you may choose to donate to on Valley Gives Day. Valley Gives Day is an innovative online fundraising event that encourages as many individuals as possible to donate as much money as possible in support of their favorite local nonprofits in just twenty-four hours. Valley Gives Day takes place annually in the spring. Check back here for the 2018 Valley Gives Day date.

10. Vote for the Friends of the Sunderland Public Library, Inc.: If you are member of Florence Savings Bank, vote for the Friends of the Sunderland Public Library, Inc. in the annual Customers’ Choice Community Grants.

11. Donate Securities or Real Property: Contact the Friends of the Sunderland Public Library, Inc. for more information about these donations.

12. Name the Friends of the Sunderland Public Library, Inc. as a beneficiary: Please consider naming the Friends of the Sunderland Public Library, Inc. as a beneficiary of your retirement plan or life insurance policy. This is an easy way to make a lasting gift to the library after you have passed away.

For more information about making a donation to the Sunderland Public Library, please contact the Friends of the Sunderland Public Library, Inc. at friends@sunderlandpubliclibrary.org.