Message from the Director

Richard Conroy

May 2017 Director’s Message:

With just one month remaining in our fiscal year, the time has come for me to say thank you to our supporters for the many ways in which you’ve sustained us for another year. You stepped up, first of all, by responding to our Annual Membership Appeal. Though it appears that, when all is said and done, we will be a bit short of our goal, your generous individual contributions are a critical component of our overall annual operating budget and we are very grateful that you gave.

While we’re on the subject of gifts, we have also benefited from grants received from corporate and non-profit organizations including the Bauman Family Foundation, Centerbrook Architects and Planners, The Community Foundation of Middlesex County, The Essex Garden Club, The Essex Lions Club, The Essex Rotary Club, Essex Savings Bank, Guilford Savings Bank, the Kitchings Family Foundation, Mather and Pitts Insurance, and the Willow Creek Foundation.

And where would we be without our Friends? The Friends of the Essex Library have worked tirelessly to assist us in many ways, not the least of which is with the generous financial gift we receive from them each year. We are also very grateful to the Town of Essex for the increase to our appropriation for fiscal 2018, as well as all of you who voted to approve the budget at the Town Meeting on May 8. Last, but not least, special thanks to the VRHS Warriors in the Community for the promotional videos they took, as well as all of the work they did to spruce up the Library, on May 24.

I wish I could say that our fund raising work is done and that you’ll never again hear a word about it from me. As you know, however, we are faced with the challenge of raising approximately 50% of our funding each year, and so you can expect that I will continue to encourage you to be as generous as you can when we ask for your financial help. Unfortunately, that is the case now more than ever given the uncertainty that surrounds the assistance we used to receive from the state and federal governments.

All that said I’d like to conclude by offering our sincere gratitude for all you do to enable us to serve as your community center for lifelong learning and cultural enrichment. Your strong and steady support makes us deeply appreciative that we are able to do the jobs we love in such a wonderful place as Essex!