Matching fund drive to help Tolland Library brings in more than $8,600

TOLLAND — The Tolland Library Foundation’s matching drive to raise funds for the town library has brought in more than $8,600 for the purchase of books and other materials for the library.

Residents and library patrons donated$4,334 and the foundation matched it during the matching drive, which ran from September through December, bringing the total to $8,668.

The fundraising effort was undertaken following a cut in the library’s materials budget. That cut was subsequently restored in November, but the fundraising continued and the extra cash will have big benefits for the library.

“Any extra money is a good thing,” Barbara Pettijohn, director of library services, said Wednesday.

Though the budget was restored, the library still faces an uphill battle when it comes to the budget over the next few years.

Town department budgets are being held to no increase, according to Pettijohn. Salary increases need to be balanced by material spending decreases, but the new funds will allow for some wiggle room over the next few years.

Pettijohn said library officials have yet to dip into the money, but they plan to use it soon. As for how the money will be used, it will be spent eqsaually on books, magazines, music, and movies.

“It makes a great deal of difference to us,” she said. “The library staff and I are grateful and will use the donations wisely.”

The Tolland Library Foundation was established in 1996 to receive donations and provide funding for the library outside of what the town budget provides. For more information on how to donate, visit