|In 1909, a Bethel resident donated books, personal property and $2,000 to begin the Bethel Free Public Library. Over the years, many Bethel residents have given gifts of money and time to expand and enhance our Library. It is with the same spirit of generosity and community mindedness that the Bethel Public Library Board of Directors is asking you to help us complete the Library.
The Library Board is raising the funds needed to complete the Library with an ongoing Capital Campaign. Our efforts include applying for grants, seeking corporate funding, and holding fund raising events. However, the success of this Capital campaign depends largely on the generosity of individuals like you. We welcome your participation as both a donor and a volunteer. To make a donation, please download a pledge form from the link at left and make your contribution to the Library today. Or, for your convenience, you make click on the Donate button at the bottom of this page to make a contribution online.
When the Library is finished it will provide new and larger spaces for the Adult and Teen Libraries on the second floor; a Technology and Business Center, also on the second floor; an expanded Children’s Library with a separate program room on the first floor; a Community Room for large programs and meetings on the first floor, and a restored and renovated Seelye House that will again be open to the public.
Please follow the links in the left column on this page to see color renderings showing how the Library interior may look when completed. To help you better visualize your future Library, you may contact the Library to arrange for a tour. Your guide will explain what changes will be made on the first and second floors as well as in the Seelye House.
The Library Board and staff are committed to meeting the needs of our townspeople and the surrounding region. Our Library provides professional library services as well as programs and material in both printed and electronic format that Bethel residents of all ages can turn to for discovery of ideas and the joy of reading. The Bethel Public Library has something for everyone. Won’t you show your support by making a donation today?
Click here to make a donation to the Library's Capital Campaign.