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Celebrating 125 Years of Westerly Library and Wilcox Park!

 

The mission of the Memorial and Library Association is to strengthen the community and enrich lives by stimulating intellect and sparking imagination through access to literature, information, nature, and the arts.

Westerly Library and Wilcox Park strives to be one of the premiere intellectual, cultural, and botanical assets in the region.

 

The Westerly Library is a great resource for the community -- it has something for everyone of every age. Ever wonder how you can support the Library? Donations and gifts are always welcomed to supplement the Library's budget and your donation is an investment in the community which will be used to enhance the Library's collections and services. 

In 2017 the Memorial and Library Association will celebrate it’s 125th Birthday! Over those 125 years, The Association, led by its Trustees, Incorporators, Directors and Staff, has remained true to its mission “to strengthen the community and enrich lives by stimulating intellect and sparking imagination through access to literature, information, nature, and the arts”.

Looking back at the last 125 years, we could not be more proud. Our accomplishments both big and small, have all been made possible because of the generosity of donors like you. Maintaining the integrity and beauty of the Library Building and Wilcox Park, as well as keeping pace with the ever changing advances in technology and material has been the driving force for the Association.  This year the addition of a new Computer Lab, Maker Space and Teen Room is proof positive that we are striving to meeting the needs of all generations!

As we celebrate our past we also honor those who have supported, inspired, advocated, and enjoyed Westerly Library and Wilcox Park for 125 years.

  • Rhode Island’s one and only Literary Landmark
  • Wilcox Park’s designation as a Medallion Park
  • Library’s beautiful building and collections have doubled
  • Wilcox Park listed on the National Register of Historical Places

It’s an exciting time for Memorial and Library Association, and we know you will join us in this celebration. Here’s to the next 125! 

IRA Charitable Rollover

Donors age 70 1/2 and up can direct money straight from their IRA to a qualified charity.  That amount does count towards the donor's minimum distribution, but no federal income tax is due on the distribution.  This is a unique, tax-wise way to give that is available for 2013 only.

Planned Giving

Various types of planned gifts are possible, ranging from a simple bequest in a will to charitable trusts and Pooled Income Funds. An effective gift plan may increase current income or provide retirement income, while earning a current tax deduction and providing for a future gift to the Memorial and Library Association of Westerly.

Memorial & Celebration Books

Many people like to donate money to purchase books to celebrate special birthdays or to honor the death of friends and family members. The person’s name is placed on a bookplate with an appropriate message.

Amazon Smiles

Support us with every Amazon purchase. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select the Memorial & Library Association before you begin shopping and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

For more information contact Brigitte Hopkins at 596-2877 extension 303.

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