The Southampton Free Library has launched a Capital and Endowment Campaign with the aim of raising $575,000 for renovations and expanded programming for adults and children. Greg Crompton has been appointed the chairperson for the campaign. He is vice president/branch manager for Fulton Bank in Southampton.
The current library building was constructed in 1971 under the aegis of Upper Southampton Township. Last year there were more than 100,000 visits by area adults and children who participated in 100 events for adults and 170 events for children of all ages. Because of the heavy continuous usage, many areas of the library now require modernization and refurbishing. There also is a need for endowment funds for enhancing current programming, adding more variety for adults and children, as well as for expansion of programming and services.
Currently, the library also has a genuine concern about being in an era of diminishing funding from government sources and grants from private foundations. With that in mind, the committee will be approaching area businesses and individuals to ask them to contribute to the campaign. The funds from this campaign will be used to reorganize the children's area with new upgrades in furniture, new computer hardware and software and more. In addition, the library will replace adult seating throughout, purchase new end panels and space-efficient book shelves, a new magazine display and provide new computers for adults. The community room requires complete modernization which includes total updates to the kitchen and restrooms.
The library is a community living room, a focal point for social, educational and special events. It has been the cornerstone of the community bringing families together over its years of operation. The library needs the public's and business community's support to be able to continue to provide such a high level of services and programming within a safe and comfortable setting.
To make a pledge or direct donation, or for further campaign information, contact the library at 215-322-1415, extension 100 or visit www.southamptonfreelibrary.org.