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“Giving is not just about making a donation. It's about making a difference.” - Kathy Calvin

This year looks different but we are still the same! We continue to be here as an anchor for our community. Will you be here for us?

Westerly Library and Wilcox Park is a private non-profit organization. Our annual budget is funded by our endowment, appropriations from the towns of Westerly and Stonington, gifts and aid, and community support from people like you. 

Please help us reach our goal so we can continue to support you and our community.  Here are just some of many reasons your gift is as important as ever:

  • Public computers | wifi
  • Open 60 hours a week
  • Over 1,200 programs yearly
  • 216 virtual programs | 3,977 participants since COVID
  • Material borrowing (online & in-person)
  • Research & learning databases
  • E-materials from Hoopla, Flipster, Newsbank & more
  • Hot spot & iPad lending
  • 15-acre award winning park
  • A place to connect with nature
  • Everything we offer is free and accessible to all



How our Annual Funds are utilized:


Additional Ways to Give

Become a Sustaining Member

Make donations monthly to Westerly Library and Wilcox Park

IRA Direct Transfer

Donors age 70 1/2 and up can direct money be transferred directly from their IRA to a qualified charity such as the Library and Park.  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 support Westerly Library and Wilcox Park.

Donating Securities

Gifts of Securities are welcome. Donors who donate securities that have been held for more than one year will generally receive a charitable tax deduction for the full fair market value of the securities, and avoid capital gains taxes on the appreciation of the assets over their original cost bases. Please be sure to consult with your financial or tax advisor for specific tax information when giving securities.

Planned Giving

Various types of planned gifts are possible, ranging from a simple bequest in a will or revocable trust to charitable trusts and gifts from retirement plans. An effective gift plan may increase your 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.

Additional Planned Giving Vehicles

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 from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.  On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, you need to select the Westerly Library and Wilcox Park before you begin shopping and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.

For more information contact Stacey Jackson, Director of Development, at 596-2877 extension 322 or  

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