Grants and gifts

Corporate and Foundation Gifts

Grants or gifts from corporations, foundations, local businesses and community groups make it possible for the Auburn Public Library to keep our programs free and accessible to all of the people of our communities.  These grants also help us improve and maintain our state-of-the-art building and information technology system to ensure a comfortable, positive experience for all library users.

Grants at work at the Auburn Public Library

Fales and Fales,  Androscoggin Bank, and the Yelp Foundation.

Funding to be used to establish a Family Literacy program at the Androscoggin County Jail, including the purchase of 12 durable bags and the books for each bag, which will be brought to the county jail on a monthly rotating basis.

Mechanics Savings Bank

Funding supported the Library’s 2016 hosting of the Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space exhibit.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation / Día Turns 20

With the support of a grant of $2,000 from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation / Día Turns 20 program, the Auburn Public Library’s children’s department offered a special “StoryTime” program for the Somali immigrant community, and gave Somali/English children’s books to the young attendees.

American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office selected the Auburn Public Library as a grant recipient to participate in the Great Stories Club, a book club project for at-risk teens.

National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Auburn Public Library received an award from World War I and America, a two-year national Library of America initiative designed to bring veterans and their families together with the general public to explore the continuing relevance of the war

Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant

The Auburn Public Library received a $500 grant from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation to help preserve the once-vibrant French-speaking culture of the Maine area it serves, with The “Fun with French” program, geared toward the Library’s youngest users and their families.

Yelp Foundation

As the #1 vote-getter in the Yelp Foundation’s “Yelp Gives Local” competition, the Library was awarded a $5,000 grant for programs and services.

Maine Community Foundation

The acquisition of the 3D printer was made possible by a grant from a donor-advised fund through the Maine Community Foundation. The grant also provided funds for a new Mac Air and two iPads for public use at the library.

Maine Public Library Fund

A grant from the Maine Public Library Fund and the Psychology Department at Bates College. screening of Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age with a panel discussion.

Bank of America

The Bank of America awarded the Auburn Public Library a $5,000 grant to purchase software that manages the overdue accounts and unreturned materials.

Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation

The Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation awarded the Auburn Public Library a $9,000 grant to support our teen programs.  This grant was used to improve our teen services in the Teen Space.

The P&G Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation

The Procter & Gamble Corporation awarded the Auburn Public Library a $20,000 grant to create a  Teen Space on the second floor of the library.  Funds were used to build a space for our exciting, year-round teen programs. The Foundation also awarded the Library a $10,000 grant to construct and equip the Create! Media Lab.

The L & A Fund

The L&A Fund awarded the Auburn Public Library a $10,000 grant to be used over a period of five years through 2014 for purchasing new children’s, teen and adult books.

The Auburn-Lewiston Kiwanis Club

The Auburn-Lewiston Kiwanis Club has supported the Auburn Public Library for nearly 20 years – including the popular family museum pass program and the Summer Reading book program.

Best Buy Children’s Foundation

The Best Buy Children’s Foundation awarded APL an $8,000 grant to support the Create! Media Teen Workshop Program.

Central Maine Federal Credit Union

Central Maine Federal Credit Union donated $500 to purchase books used as rewards for the APL children’s summer reading program.

The Fletcher Foundation

The Fletcher Foundation annually contributes to APL as part of its awards from the proceeds of Emily’s Run, a 5K race in memory of Emily Fletcher.