(1) How is our Mendham Township Library a cornerstone for the community?
The Library enriches the quality of life for our community. Residents like the warm, small town feel and value the Library's available resources. Library users speak of a cozy, welcoming atmosphere, a caring and knowledgeable staff, and a variety of programs and events that bring all ages together. The Library is a gathering place to share experiences, make new friends and stay connected throughout the year.
(2) I understand Mendham Township Library is an Association Library. What is the difference between an Association Library and a Municipal Library? And how is the Mendham Township Library funded?
Mendham Township Library is an Association library (like the Mendham Borough Library). There are 45 Association libraries in New Jersey, or approximately 2% of public libraries in the state. The vast majority of libraries are Municipal and supported by local property taxes. A minimal level of funding for Municipal libraries has been established at 1/3 of a mill on each dollar of assessable property within the municipality.
Association libraries may receive funding from the municipalities where they are located; however, there is no guaranteed minimal level of funding for an Association library. Mendham Township Library receives financial aid from the Mendham Township Committee; the level of funding is not sufficient to run the Library, and it is also not guaranteed from year to year. The Library relies significantly on donations from the community to continue to function. In fact, more than 25% of our yearly operating budget comes from donations from the community.
(3) If I make a donation, how does the Library plan to use the funds?
Donations go directly to the Library and also are tax deductible. Monies are utilized first, to keep our doors open and second, to provide continued customer-focused service to all of our visitors. Specifically, funds will provide new books and magazines; purchase new digital e-content and e-Readers; and support a variety of new and existing educational and cultural programs for children and adults.