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The Bangor Public Library relies on yearly donations from its community to continue providing quality programming for children, digital literacy classes for adults, books and magazines for all ages, programs and services from book clubs to concerts, and art exhibits to local history presentations -- all free to everyone in our community.

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A few library statistics for you: 

  • Over 32,000 e-resources were used by BPL Patrons in 2017; this includes e-books, e-magazines and downloadable audio titles.

  • 11,484 young people participated in 460 teen, "tween", and children's programs.

  • We lent 341,777 volumes in 2016 or an average of 1,210 books per day

  • Nearly 6,000 adults attended programs at the Library

  • We borrowed 15,347 titles form other libraries for our patrons

  • We lent 25,453 titles to other libraries for their patrons

  • Our digital commons were visited by 39,378 people last year from all over the world!

Please take a moment to read our Annual Appeal letter below to learn even more about what's been going on at the library:

What do you love about the Bangor Public Library? Some months ago, when our new library director Ben Treat had only been on board for a couple of weeks, he told me “Everyone wants to tell me a story about why they love the library – and it’s never the same story twice!” There is no question: you love the library’s books, its lovely spaces, its courteous and knowledgeable staff, its compelling programming, and its online resources. Still, patrons don’t tell the same story twice. Everyone has a unique, powerful story about the library’s place in their lives, whether it was yesterday or when they were children.

Some of the most powerful are stories like Jim’s; Jim came in to the Reference Department for help with his resume, and to apply for a job online during our open computer lab. Our staff was able to work with him on his goals, and he returned weeks later to let us know that he got the job! Without the help and expertise of our Reference Librarians, and the availability of open computer classes, Jim wouldn’t have had the ability to get the job.  Jim is just one example; last year we had an average of 1,349 patrons per day either use a computer or connect to wi-fi.

We often hear from parents who are sharing the magic of reading and libraries with their children, after having attended programs here themselves as a child. One such example of this is Forrest “Toby” Hart, the famed bronze sculptor who credits the Library for inspiring his career. With access to books he could never have afforded and his study of our (now retired) taxidermy animals, he went on to become a taxidermist and then later studied art to become a world-renowned sculptor. Each year we try our best to reach as many children as possible.   2,416 children and teens participated in BPL youth programming in 2018. Imagine what they will carry from that into their adulthood!

 We want to hear your stories about the library. Something (or probably many things) about us inspired your patronage over the past year. Please consider making a gift and sending along just one story about your best experiences in the Bangor Public Library.

            We appreciate your support and are thankful for your contribution to the Library’s future.

 

Most sincerely,

Lee Chick

President, Board of Managers & Trustees