Why is the Give the Library a Lift! 

campaign important?

 “The Kellogg-Hubbard Library has been a vital and treasured part of the Montpelier and surrounding towns' communities for 125 years.  In many ways, it is the beating heart of our cultural and educational body and defines what is best about us as it serves all and models the core ideals of democracy.  What can be more important than helping to ensure that it continues to be housed in a sound physical space with up to date infrastructure, so that generations to come will be able to use and appreciate all it offers.”

~ Steven M. Gold, President, KHL Board of Trustees

"Have you ever seen the inner workings of the library?  I was lucky enough to get a tour of the ancient boiler room, the rickety elevator, and some hidden corners of the crumbling basement.  That was enough to convince me to pitch in for the “Give the Library a Lift” campaign.  Kellogg-Hubbard is Montpelier’s living room, a place where all of us are welcome, a shared treasure for our community. It’s time to pitch in and make sure the building that serves so many with its book, audio and film collections, computer access, wonderful programs, and helpful staff is in tip-top shape well into the future. The library gives so much to our community. Now is the time for us all to give back."

 

~Susan Z. Ritz

Friend of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library

“The Kellogg-Hubbard Library has been a vital resource to our community for decades. National Life is committed to helping ensure others can take advantage of the many services it has to offer for generations to come.”   

                                                                              ~Beth Rusnock, President, National Life Group Foundation:

"When I was in the 2nd grade, the reading class was divided into ability groups - the top readers, blue birds and the worst, crows.  Much to my parent's consternation I was a crow.  That Thanksgiving we went to Boston to celebrate the holiday with my grandparents.  While there one of my sisters came down with whooping cough and we were "quarantined."  It was arranged that I would be tutored by an old family friend.  Each day Aunt Sadie and I would take the subway into the Boston Public Library.  That was my introduction to libraries.  We would take turns reading to each other.  Having only known Dick and Jane, I was enthralled to read about Vikings and the Iroquois Indians.  Within a month of returning home I had become a blue bird.  Before moving to Vermont as a junior high student, whenever I was late for supper my mother would call the library and ask that I be sent home.  She never asked if I was there; it was assumed that I was.  Those were the beginnings of my love affair with libraries. 

Kellogg-Hubbard Library is one of Montpelier's gems.  I have been proud to support the Library and will continue to do so. "

~Charlie Phillips, donor and former Trustee

"Many people don’t realize that the Kellogg-Hubbard Library is an independent nonprofit.  This means that we do everything ourselves, from paying for insurance benefits for our staff to mowing the lawn and shoveling the walkways.  Half of our annual support comes from taxpayers in six communities: Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex, Montpelier and Worcester.  The other half comes from a distribution from our carefully managed endowment, $170,000 of annual fundraising through appeals, events and ongoing donations and a small portion from Library fees.  

 

Our annual operating budget is pushed to the max each year to manage our internal operational expenses, offer a wide-variety of programmatic services and keep up with the ongoing regular maintenance of our beautiful 18,000 square foot building.  Give the Library a Lift! will give us the opportunity to play catch-up on a number of projects outside of our regular means and will position us solidly as we move into the future."

 

  ~ Jessie Lynn, Co-Director, Nonprofit Director