accomplishments and contributions
Below is a running list of all of the things that the Thomas Memorial Library Foundation has been able to provide to the community and patrons of Thomas Memorial Library thanks to all of your generous donations! Do you have a suggestion or idea about how we could continue to support the library? Send us a message here. We love hearing feedback from the community!
The staff of the Thomas Memorial Library introduced the 2017 Summer Reading Program to help combat the "Summer Slide". The phrase, coined by the Children's Literacy Initiative, refers to their findings that when children don't continue to read over summer breaks, they can fall up to two years behind their peers that do read. To help encourage participation, the Thomas Memorial Library Foundation donated prize baskets. Read how much of a success the program was, including stories from participants!
Did you know that the Foundation provides funding for museum passes to the patrons of Thomas Memorial Library? Visit the circulation desk to find out all of the details and how you can get your free pass to the Portland Museum of Art, the Tate House, the Portland Observatory and multiple Maine State Parks!
Based on great feedback and requests, the Foundation was able to add a new Adult Graphic Novel Collection to the library. It now contains over 140 new books!
The Foundation hosted two full map making workshops as part of the Fort Williams Oral History Exhibit. During the workshops, attendees created maps based on their memories and connections to Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth.
The 2017 Summer Reading Program had 600 participants! 294 children, 120 teens and 164 adults were engaged with reading all summer as the competed for one of the several prize baskets that were provided by the Thomas Memorial Library Foundation. The program also helped expose the participants to numerous resources that the library offers.