To the Editor:

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the many supporters of the Kent Memorial Library who stepped forward and contributed to our recent Matching Gift Campaign.

The campaign was initiated because of the risks of COVID-19, whereby we had to cancel our annual summer fundraising events—the benefit party, the book sale and the car raffle.

We count on these events not only to engage with residents of the larger Kent area, but also to raise $120,000 annually—one third of our total budget.

Your donations of $60,000, together with the matching funds, enabled us to replace that lost income and keep the Library’s virtual and now actual doors open.

As we approach the library’s 100th anniversary in 2022, we are so gratified that the friends of this institution want to see it continue for another long while.

Betty Ruddy

Board member

Ned Babbitt

Investment Committee Chair

Kent Memorial Library