Forecaster Forum: It's crunch time for Falmouth library campaign

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“Will somebody let the dog out?”

If you haven’t made that request or heard it said, it’s the general plea to which few ever respond in time. It’s assumed someone else will do it and then it’s too late.

Well, let’s put this request in plain language: Will you please let the dog out?

In this case, it is the Falmouth Memorial Library needing help. The library has run out of space, there is mold in the basement, and the technology is not staying abreast of residents’ needs. Those are just some of the reasons why the Next Chapter Campaign has already raised more than $2.1 million of its $2.81 million goal.

It’s exciting, but you only have until the end of December to have every additional dollar matched by the town of Falmouth, the co-owners of this Falmouth landmark.

The library needs your generous help, now. It’s urgent that you help the library raise its final $700,000 by Dec. 31 to qualify for the town’s equal match.

Here are six compelling reasons to make your tax-deductible donation or multiyear pledge:

1 — When we lost power in the last big storm (and every storm, it seems), residents and remote workers came to the library to connect to Wi-Fi and get warm.

2 — Last year, there were over 100,000 visits to the library. Many were toddlers and young readers beginning their life of learning, enrichment, and creativity. Others were adults checking out books, attending programs, and receiving technology assistance. Your expanded library will have a youth wing and an adult wing with flexible community space in the middle.

3 — The library hosted over 775 community and cultural events in the last year and the demand continues to exceed the available space. The new library design has multiple meeting rooms and the Russell Room will be expanded to seat 100.

4 — In addition to free Wi-Fi connectivity, the new library will have more high-speed computers and lendable laptops to navigate the world in which we now live.

5 — If we do not raise all the funds, the project will need to be scaled back. Where should the cuts come from? The children’s programming area, the teen room, the quiet reading room, community gathering areas, computing? The decision will vary from person to person.

6 — Everyone who donates will be recognized for their generosity, so future generations will see who had the foresight to build and renovate this wonderful Falmouth resource.

Please call or stop by the library, or go to the library website ( to find out more. This project is moving forward with the maximum amount of funds raised by the end of the year. Please give now to invest in Falmouth’s future.

With your help, we can make this vision a reality.

Peter Goffin and Allison Bishop of Falmouth are co-chairs of the Next Chapter Campaign.