The Niles District Library has long been overseen by a dedicated, fiscally responsible Board of Trustees. We are grateful for the support of our community that has not only allocated 1.5 mils of property tax but that has also donated generously in support of the Library. In addition, we receive about 20% of our funding from the State of Michigan as a portion of penal code fines, and additional revenues from Bertrand Township under a contractual arrangement for their residents’ usage of the Library.
Despite our conservative fiscal approach, revenues continue to fluctuate with the ebb and flow of our economy, and expenses continue to rise despite strenuous efforts to contain them. As the following data indicates, we are indeed doing more with less.
|Weekly Statistics||The following data provides context for the salaries budget.
We are clearly doing much more with much less.
|Total man hours||755||745||-1.3%|
|Children and teen program attendance||140||270||92.9%|
|Adult program attendance||15||110||633.3%|
Help the Niles District Library continue to be the hub of information, entertainment, and enrichment in our community.
We are thrilled to use qualified volunteers to keep our library clean and orderly; to expand, enhance, and promote our services; and to create a network of library support in our community. Volunteers also assist Friends of the Library with book sales.
All volunteers must be age 13 or older; some volunteer positions may have a minimum age requirement of 18. Volunteers work under the supervision and direction of paid staff and are treated with the same respect, courtesy and appreciation as employees of the library.
Volunteerism gives you the opportunity to become very knowledgeable about Library resources, meet new people, and experience the satisfaction of contributing in a positive way to your community. We invite you to review the Policies on Volunteers here. Should you be interested in becoming a volunteer, complete and submit the Application for Volunteers. We will look forward to hearing about your interest in working with the staff of the Niles District Library.
The Niles District Library gladly accepts and greatly appreciates (most) donations. So that we may acknowledge your generosity, please complete the Gift Form when making either a materials or monetary donation.
Business hours for Shelf Life are:
Monday: 10 am to 7 pm
Tuesday: 10 am to 4 pm
Wednesday: 10 am to 4 pm
Thursday: 10 am to 7 pm
Friday: 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 1 pm
Sunday: 12 pm to 4 pm
> Policy on Gifts and Gift Form
- Donation of Materials. The Library no longer accepts books, audiobooks, CDs or DVDs. Donations are accepted at Shelf Life Book Store. the proceeds still benefit the library and the City of Niles.
- Monetary Donations. For tax purposes, the Library will provide donors with a receipt indicating the dollar amount of the donation. For donations made with a stipulation that it be spent on materials, the donor may:
- Request that the materials be adult and/or children
- Request that the materials be on subject area broad enough to maintain the balance of the collection.
- Make suggestions concerning the format of the materials, but may not stipulate specific books(s) to be purchased.
- Request placement of a book plate on the item indicating the donor or honoree
- Request that the Library send an acknowledgement of the gift to a given name and address
- Request to be notified of the titles purchased.
Remember the Niles District Library Endowment Fund
The Niles District Library Endowment Fund, established in 2011, provides a permanent endowment to ensure that the library’s work continues for generations to come. Carefully managed under the auspices of the Michigan Gateway Community Foundation, the NDL Endowment Fund will be maintained in perpetuity, drawing solely on interest from the Fund’s assets.
- Organizations, individuals, or businesses may contribute outright gifts as part of their annual tax planning. Make your check payable to the Michigan Gateway Community Foundation and write “Niles District Library” in the memo line of the check.
- Individuals may also create a lasting memorial that will impact generations to come by making a bequest in your will or trust that directs specific assets or a percentage of your estate to the library’s Endowment Fund. Your estate planner can help you draft a will that will benefit the Library. If you have questions, contact the Library Director to arrange to meet with members of the NDL Board of Trustees to discuss your options and wishes. You can reach the director at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 269 683 8454, extension 122.
Easy Ways You Can Help
The library will receive a portion of sales when you select the Friends of Niles District Library as your charity and order through http://smile.amazon.com/
Collect Campbell labels
The library participates in the Labels for Education program. Cut out the UPC codes from many products such as Campbells, Pepperidge Farm, Bic and V8 and bring them to the Youth Services Department. To learn more about the program, visit http://www.labelsforeducation.com/
Join the Friends of Niles District Library
As a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization, Friends of the Niles District Library raise funds to support and promote use of the library’s services and programs. Membership dues make up a significant portion of the Friend’s proceeds each year. A basic membership of $5.00 annually provides a member with access to special book sale events during the year. The Friends also accept donations of cash or books for their book sale, which is their largest fund raising activity.
Visit the Friends of NDL page for more.
Designate the library for memorial contributions
The Library deeply appreciates families who think of the Library as they mourn the loss of a loved one. Many people ask their friends and family to make a donation to the Library in lieu of flowers. In recognition, the Library sends each donor a note of thanks and also notifies a designated family member of each donation made in honor of their loved one. For memorials exceeding $150, a Christmas ornament with the deceased’s name will be displayed on a special tree at the Library during the holiday season.
Establishing a memorial is easy. While we are happy to help, you don’t need to contact the Library. Simply let your family and friends know of your wishes. Most people include a suggestion for donations to the Library in the obituary. Make checks payable to Niles District Library.