Your Donation enriches our libraries

The Arlington Libraries Foundation’s Annual Appeal is the way that your private donations make possible a tremendous array of materials and services, over and above what is available through municipal budget dollars.  To cite just some of the advantages delivered thanks to last year’s appeal, the Foundation provided grants that:

  • Fully fund the incredibly popular Hoopla on-line service, providing unlimited simultaneous access to downloadable and streaming content
  • Enable additional children’s librarian staffing on Sundays
  • Keep the selection of travel guides current, plentiful, and varied—meeting high patron demand
  • Cover 90% of the cost of e-content (over 600,000 e-books and audiobooks) that exceeds what’s available through the Minuteman Library Network—an exclusive benefit to Arlington residents
  •  Provide 20% of the Fox Branch Library’s budget for new materials
  • Substantially increase the selection of high-quality documentaries and other non-fiction DVDs, which are free to borrowers

The Annual Appeal has a far-reaching impact on a key aspect of the quality of life in Arlington and touches the lives of residents ranging from pre-schoolers to seniors.  We thank you for your commitment to making a great community resource even greater.

Town Day 2016

Stop by and visit our booth at Town Day! We will be next to the Library Booth and have our new device Call Me Ishmael, an ‘old-fashioned’ telephone, on hand for you to listen to book reviews of Books once banned. Set up to provide personal recorded reviews of books, Call Me Ishmael is a unique way to hear what real people think about a book in their own voice. In the coming year we hope to start recording our residents, and allow them to share their reviews of books with others in town.

Patrick Hanlon joins the Board

The Arlington Libraries Foundation is pleased to announce Patrick Hanlon has joined the Board

Patrick has recently relocated to Arlington from the west coast, and brings with him a commitment to strengthening a vital resource to our town and experience in working with similar non-profit organizations.

The board would also like to thank outgoing board members Allan Reedy and Bettina Stevens for their service and commitment to the board. We appreciate all they have contributed to the board during their tenure.



Thank you to all who donated to our Annual Appeal

The commitment of our residents to the Arlington Libraries continues to strengthen!

Thank you to everyone who donated to the 2015 Annual Appeal. We are so happy to have received not only an increase in the total amount received, but also an increase in the number of donors. These donations came from individual, families, businesses and even a Girl Scout Troop, a promising representation of why our libraries are so valuable to the community.

The Director of Libraries, the library administration, and we, the board members of the Arlington Libraries Foundation, thank you for your continued contributions to the libraries, and we look forward to seeing how the library will be enriched in the coming year.