HALLOWELL — The Hubbard Free Library is combining its annual fund campaign with the upcoming holiday shopping season.

“Someone can support the library while crossing off names on their gift list,” said Becky Cooper said in a news release from the library. “It wouldn’t just be a donation though. We’re offering something tangible to put under the Christmas tree.”

As a non-municipal library, the annual fund is the library’s most important source of operating funds. The library aims to raise $45,000.

Hubbard Free will have a book sale through Dec. 23. For $20, one can choose six gently used adult fiction novels, and the library will wrap one with a note indicating a donation was made in the recipient’s name. “As for the other five books,” Cooper said, “you can give to other people, or keep them for yourself.”

For those with curious kids, the Hubbard has a campaign to specifically fund its juvenile non-fiction collection. With each donation of $20, one picks the child’s favorite subject, and a new library book will be ordered with their name on the inside cover.

The order form is available at tiny.cc/bookplate.

The library also launched a merchandise store on the site Threadless. Many designs are by the librarians themselves or their patrons. Designs range from traditional, sweet, to ridiculous, and can be printed on T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, magnets, and more at hubbardfree.threadless.com.


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