The Pound Ridge Library Foundation was formed in 2004 when the Pound Ridge Library — then known as the Hiram Halle Library — achieved status as a special library district, supported by local taxes. The library’s new standing guaranteed a steady source of revenue, but it also disqualified library staff from directly soliciting gifts and contributions.
Resolved to ensure a robust future for the library, the Foundation members set forth their mission statement:
The purpose of the library foundation is to develop and implement fund-raising strategies, thereby enabling the library to supplement its financial requirements in order to better serve the Pound Ridge community.
To promote the welfare of the Pound Ridge Library to these ends, the foundation will maintain an association of persons interested in the library, will receive and encourage gifts, endowments and bequests to the library, and will otherwise raise funds for the benefit of the library.
Since its forming, the Pound Ridge Library Foundation has played an important role in supporting a small library with big ambitions. Through the hard work of the foundation board and the generosity of donors, townspeople enjoy a rich offering of programs and services that otherwise would not be possible within the constraints of the library’s modest budget.