The Newport Public Library’s Board of Trustees and Honorary Chair Mary M Jennings invite you to enjoy:
Back to the Beach for A Novel Evening
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Easton’s Beach Rotunda
Donation of $80 per person includes:
Hors d’oeuvres and dessert by Pranzi Catering and complimentary beer and wine by Harpoon Brewery, Narragansett Brewery, Il Bastardo & La Bastarda wines and Nautical American Gin| Silent & Live Auctions | Music performed by Steel Pannist Aaron Abramson Cote of Panoramic View.
For tickets, please contact 401-847-8720 x100 or email@example.com.
All proceeds to benefit the Newport Public Library.
Many Thanks To Our Generous Sponsors!
Meet Our Honorary Chair:
Mary M. Jennings:
A native of Highland Park Illinois, Mary earned a liberal arts degree from Illinois College and worked for the San Francisco Chronicle and in a Thai silk shop. Years later, after marrying Australian, Russell Jennings, the couple relocated to Sydney Australia where Mary assisted Russ in his building company. Upon reading John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charlie, she and Russ were inspired to travel the United States in a motor-home. They traveled for three years, ultimately settling in Newport. As a consummate volunteer with a myriad of organizations throughout Newport, many have felt her influence and propensity toward the arts. The Newport Public library is proud to honor Mary for the time, devotion and caring she has provided the community and in particular the library’s event committee. With a soft-spoken manner, her input is continually on target and respected. Whether she is found relaxing in her condominium, taking a Pilates or ceramics class, tootling around Newport on her motorbike, Mary always has a smile and a warm greeting for those she meets along the way. Thank you Mary!
1. Isn’t the Newport Public Library a department of the city?
It sounds like it is, but it is not. The library is established as a 501(C)(3) organization. This means that it is a separate, not-for-profit organization governed by its own Board of Trustees, who represent a cross section of the community, and who volunteer their time and expertise. The Newport City Council has a representative on the Board.
2. Does the City of Newport give any money to the library?
Absolutely. The City of Newport and the State of Rhode Island both support the library’s annual budget. On average the city provides 77% and the state 17% of the library’s annual budget.
The library itself raises from 5-8% of its annual budget, through various fund-raising endeavors such as our Annual Appeal in the Fall and The Event – a summertime fund-raising affair. This is coupled with monies collected through fines, interest income, memorial donations, our Perfect Gift Program, and some major gifts from Friends of the Library.
3. Why donate to the Newport Public Library?
With its mission of “life-long learning for the entire community” the Newport Public Library is one facility that truly serves the entire community.
- The library offers a myriad of children’s programs, many of which insure that pre-schoolers will enter school with the skills needed to read and learn.
- School children of all grade levels have access to resources, both in the library and online, that will help them complete school assignments.
- Adults have access to print, non-print and online resources that will keep them informed, encourage and support learning, and entertain.
- Community members and organizations have access to meeting rooms and other resources that support community endeavors.
- All of this takes place in a safe, clean and comfortable environment.
Won’t you please consider a tax-deductible gift to the Newport Public Library. You may donate to the library
- By check – made payable to the Newport Public Library and mailed to the library at 300 Spring Street, Newport RI 02840
- Online – simply click on the orange “Donate” button at the top (and bottom) of this page.