The Hawley Public Library is the recipient of a check for $1,500, a donation from the Supervisors of Palmyra Township, Pike County.
On receiving the funds, Margot Adams Clauss, president of the Library’s Board of Directors, expressed the thanks and appreciation of the entire Library family.
She pointed out that the Library serves all of its card holders at no charge and further commented that it has always been challenging to fund services.
“In recent years reduced state and federal funding have had a major negative impact on Library operations including reduced hours and staff reductions,” she continued.
“Coupled with that is the fact that the Hawley Library serves both Wayne and Pike County residents however, by law, it can only receive funding from Wayne County where it is located,’ noted Mrs. Clauss.
According to the latest statistics provided by the Library, it has a total of 8,442 registered borrowers of which 3,987 or 47% are Pike County residents and 1247 cardholders or 15% are Palmyra Pike residents.
Two other neighboring Pike townships with significant numbers of Hawley Library users are Lackawaxen with 1915 or 23% and Blooming Grove with 400 or 9%.
Just some of the free programs and services available to all at the Library at no charge are Tutor.com which is like homework help from Kindergarten through college, 20 computers for public use and wireless access, and children’s Story Times and teen programs.
In addition, the library hosts school visits, provides a site for Adult literacy tutoring and a Workforce Wayne site for employment information in addition to interview and job skills.
Clauss concluded, “We are so very grateful for Palmyra’s longtime support of our Library and please know that we will put these funds to good use for the benefit of the entire Lake Region community.”