A naming opportunity presents a unique chance for individuals, families, and businesses to help build the future of the Talbot County Free Library. Through these naming opportunities, your gift in support of “Inspiring the Future” will have a demonstrable effect upon our mission (“...to inspire our community to discover ideas and information to enrich and renew lives”), while creating a long-lasting tribute to the person or family named. Your gift, and the name that will become associated with it, will contribute directly to the quality of life in our community, providing access to enriching materials, programs, and services for years to come to every man, woman, and child in Talbot County.
Spaces, furniture, and other parts of the Easton and St. Michaels libraries may be “named” in honor of someone special in your life. In addition to the naming opportunities list following, the Director is always available to work with individual donors to create additional opportunities for meaningful recognition.
There are plans for the St Michaels Library to begin an essential expansion in 2023. The Library's renovation will transform the libraries spaces and services and include study rooms, an expanded meeting room, new reading areas, expanded children's and teen areas, and new innovative technology.
Years of careful planning have brought us to this moment. Just as the community came together over twenty-five years ago to build the library's original structure, this expansion and renovation of the St. Michaels Library's physical plant and services will depend on the generosity of Talbot County residents and support from the County.
We invite you to leave a legacy to make the expanded St. Michaels Library vision a reality. Gifts of sufficient size to name the newly expanded St. Michaels Library or the Easton Library, their rooms, or furnishings, will serve as a lasting reminder of the generosity and commitment of the people of our community. Such gifts will be recognized by the placement of commemorative plaques or inscriptions bearing the donor's name or the names of those being honored or memorialized.
The value assigned to each space or item is based on visibility or functional importance and may not reflect the actual cost. For gifts of the following amounts, donors will be recognized for their contributions:
|Amount Varies Based on Location||Library Building|
|$75,000||Large Meeting Room|
|$50,000||Easton Library Children's Area|
|$40,000||Easton Library Teen Area|
St. Michaels Library Children's Area
|$25,000||St. Michaels Library Teen Area|
|$20,000||Early Literacy Center
External Book Drop
General Fiction Area
Children's Collection Area
St. Michaels Computer Area
Annual Data Subscription for Wi-Fi Hotspots/Chromebooks
|$10,000||Public Service Desk
Teen Collection Area
Magazine Display Area
Book Sale Area
Staff Room, Lounge, or Individual Office
New Books Display
DVD Shelving Area
Large Print Area
Audio Books Area
Oversized Books Area
Non-Fiction Dewey “tens range”
Other collection areas defined by Director*
|$2,000||Community Information Bulletin Board
Table or Study Carrel*
|$500||Library Giving Donor Recognition Tree Leaf
Name included in Annual Plan/Newsletter
|$250||Brick Campaign for St. Michaels Expansion - Beginning FY 2021|
|$200||Educational Items for Children's Area*
Launchpad Educational Device*
* Naming opportunities for these items are in addition to the cost of acquiring the item unless the item already exists in the Library.
Memorial/Honor/Buy-a-Book or Library Material Program:
Under this program, you make a gift and select from a list of preferred genre and/or subject areas (World War II history, gardening, mysteries, audiobooks, DVDs, etc.) in memory of, to honor someone, or simply to help support the Library. Staff members then select titles in the amount of the gift that match the suggested subjects. Bookplates are then placed inside the library materials to recognize your contribution.
Interested in a naming opportunity? Please contact Dana Newman, Director, or by phone at 410-822-1626.