Rockport Public Library Foundation nears goal of ‘Last Mile Challenge’

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 5:00pm

ROCKPORT — The Rockport Library Foundation (RLF) is entering the final weeks of its “The Last Mile Challenge,” a 1:1 donation match toward reaching its fundraising goal of $225,000 for furniture and fixtures in the new library.

“We’re delighted with the response for our community,” said capital campaign Co-Chair Joan Welsh, in a news release. “Our goal was ambitious but with only two weeks left to go, we’re now within $7,000 of our goal! And
thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, we’re able to match every dollar raised through November 30. So donors can double the value of their donation!”

With construction on schedule, the race is on to open the doors with all furnishings and fixtures in place.

Welsh adds, “We need to make sure there are enough stacks, desks, tables, and chairs inside the building to support all the exciting new services that will be offered.”

The new library is proceeding on budget, with the exterior landscaping and roadwork nearing completion before winter closes in. Inside, finish work and stocking the shelves continues at a brisk pace. It’s expected that the doors will be opening to the public, pending COVID guidelines, sometime in December.

To make a donation, including buying an inscribed brick for the “Community Walkway,” go to: or you can mail your donation to: RLF, P.O. Box 204, Rockport, ME 04856


The Rockport Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service.