How you can help:
The library is very fortunate to have volunteers who come in on a weekly basis to help with projects. While the volunteer work is mostly comprised of shelving, they also do other tasks. All of our volunteers provide a tremendous amount of help, and are greatly appreciated by the library staff.
Donating materials is a great way to support the library! Donated items are reviewed by library staff and we occasionally add them to the collection. Items not entered into the collection are put in our ongoing book sale or sent off to an organization called Better World Books (BWB). BWB reuses and recycles the items that we send and also supports literacy efforts and libraries. Funds raised through our ongoing sale and a percentage of the BWB sales go to the Friends of Windham Public Library.
Here are some helpful guidelines to follow when making your donation:
What to donate
Almost any item on any subject or style, as long as it is in decent condition. Due to limited space, we accept one bag or box of donations at a time. Examples of what we take:
- Books– hardcover and paperback; novels and non-fiction; for any age; in any language
- DVDs– popular and documentary; for any age; in any language
- Audio CDs– novels and non-fiction; for any age; in any language
- Music CDs– for any age; in any language
What not to donate
Library staff go through the donations on a regular basis. Following these guidelines of what not to donate would be very helpful to them.
- Any item that is moldy, dirty, or damaged
- Sets of encyclopedias
- College textbooks
- Reader’s Digest Condensed books
- Videotapes (VHS)
Where to donate
Please bring items to the Circulation Desk during our business hours and let a staff person know that they are donations. We request that you don’t place donations in the bookdrop or leave them in front of the building after-hours. If you need assistance bringing items in, or have need of a cart to carry them, please speak to a staff member.
Gifts “In Honor Of” or “In Memory Of”The Windham Public Library appreciates and encourages donations to its acquisition fund. Individuals, groups, and businesses are welcome to make contributions to the library to purchase books, movies, CDs, library furniture, or other needed items. In this way, you may celebrate a special person/occasion or honor the memory of a loved one while also supporting the library.
For more information or questions about donating, gifts, or volunteering contact the Library Director, Jen Alvino, at 207-892-1908 ext 9.
Thank you for your generosity!