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What We Fund

Since its establishment in 2008, the Foundation has served an important role in supporting the Goodnow Library's focus on education, literacy, and providing a gathering place where everyone is welcome. The Foundation provides funding for programs, refurbishments, upgrades, and other needs that are not covered by the town, amounting to 10–20% of the Library’s non-salary budget each year, on average. The Foundation has successfully completed five capital campaigns.

Click on the images below to link to more details on each capital project.

The Foundation has funded key enhancements to the Library including:

  • Complete overhaul of the Library’s technology offerings, including state-of-the-art networked public access terminals, iPads, iMacs, Chromebooks, a wireless printer, Apple TV; and STEAM equipment throughout the Library


  • Creation of the first floor Community Gathering Space including a lobby HD-TV bulletin board, comfortable chairs for gathering, and a coffee station ​


  • Renovations to the Library’s beautiful Historical Room (in 2020 the Library was awarded a $150,000 grant from the Community Preservation Committee for the renovation, and the Foundation raised an additional $67,000 to complete the project; work is nearly finished)

The funds provided by the Foundation to these projects total more than $500,000 to date. 

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