Support Otis Library

There are countless ways to support Otis Library!  From monetary donations to materials to support of special events and ongoing programs, we are so grateful for the generosity of our friends and donors.  Below is a list of ways that you can get involved and support Otis. Feeling creative?  We are always happy to find unique ways to get involved in our growing community of supporters. Please contact us with any questions. Thank you! 

Annual Fund: The Annual Fund was established in 2004 and has continued to grow. Your gift, regardless of size, helps to strengthen the Library's services to the community by providing materials for our collections, quality programming for all ages, technology updates, special events and facility upgrades. 

Evening with an Author: Our signature fundraising event has been a community favorite since 2004. Presenting authors have included: Wally Lamb, Dominick Dunne, Sebastian Junger, Nathaniel Philbrick, B.A. Shapiro, Pam Jenoff and more!  Event sponsorships, ticket sales and silent auction donations make this our largest fundraiser of the year and all proceeds benefit the Library. We hope you will join us for this incredible evening! 

Leave a Legacy: If the Library has made a difference in your life or the life of someone you love, please consider Otis Library in your estate planning. Leave a Legacy of Connecticut offers these five tips for ways you can build a legacy today: 

  • Prepare a will and include a gift to Otis Library. Only 50% of those who pass away have a will and fewer than 3% include a charitable gift.

  • Donate a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your assets including stocks, bonds, CDs or property.

  • Name Otis Library as a beneficiary of your IRA or pension plan.

  • Name Otis Library as a beneficiary of an existing life insurance policy, or purchase a new policy and name Otis Library as the beneficiary.

  • Honor friends and remember loved ones with a memorial gift to Otis Library.

For more information, please contact the Development Office at (860)889-2365, ext. 125, or speak to your attorney. 

Matching Gifts: Many employers match charitable gifts given by their employees. Simply include the necessary paperwork from your company with your gift so that we can double the generosity! 

Memorial & Honorary Gifts: Looking for a unique way to acknowledge individuals who have made a lasting impact? Otis Library invites families, businesses and organizations to replace traditional gifts with a thoughtful donation to the Library. In the past, memorial and honorary gifts have provided funding for special collections, book and media donations, programs, and general contributions to the Library.  We are happy to work with you to personalize your thoughtfulness.  Public acknowledgement can be done in a variety of ways including book plates, special plaques or collections. 

Thank you!