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There are many ways you can help to ensure that the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library will continue to provide valued quality library services for generations to come.  Online donations are processed through PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account in order to make an online donation.  Please select the fund in which you'd like your donation to be placed by clicking on the drop down arrow in the "Please Select" box. Here is a description of our various funds.

Capital Campaign
The purchase of the former Agway building at 45 West Allen Street, Mechanicsburg offers Simpson Public Library an additional 8,600 square feet of space. The Capital Campaign aims to raise $2 million to renovate the building into a venue for library programs and community meetings.

Cents for Simpson
Join Simpson Public Library to support our coin canister collection campaign to help with the purchase of new books and materials for your community library. Bring your spare change to the library or donate online, selecting Cents for Simpson from the "Fund Choice" drop-down menu.

General Operations
Donations for general operations are what enable the library to continue functioning on a daily basis. This covers all of our expenses from staffing to utilities, from materials to programs, and from property maintenance to computer services.

The endowment provides essential stability, grows over time, and is a permanent source of funding to help meet both current and future needs. Contributions to the endowment are a great way to leave a legacy with your charitable giving.

Library Materials
Donations to this fund are used to purchase library materials such as books and media materials. Book plates are placed in each item recognizing the name of the donor. If you want to donate a book in Memory of or in Honor of someone, fill in the appropriate information in our online form above. Or print and fill out the Memorial and Honor Gifts Brochure (PDF, 128KB, 2 pages).


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Your name:
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Notes about this donation:

In honor of (if applicable):
In Memory of (if applicable):
Name and Address of person to notify:

Simpson Celebrity
You can be a Simpson Celebrity by sponsoring a day at the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library for $100. And, you can designate your sponsorship in honor of or in memory of a loved one or celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday or retirement. Simpson Celebrities are recognized on our three digital display screens in the library and on our Facebook page on the sponsored day. Print and fill out the Simpson Celebrity Brochure (PDF, 2.2MB, 2 pages).

Donations to the Property Fund are used for major repairs, capital projects, and building renovations and expansions.

Wireless Hotspots
The cost to sponsor one hotspot is $360 for one year or $180 for six months. Wireless hotspots are portable devices that people can borrow from the library in order to access the Internet. They provide access to unlimited high-speed Internet, wherever you are. It’s perfect for those who have no Internet access at home, are going on vacation, or taking their business on the road. Being able to connect to the Internet has become a necessary component of our daily lives. Whatever reason people have for connecting to the Internet, our mobile hotspots give them an easy way to do it.

United Way Donations
If your employer participates in the annual United Way of the Capital Region campaign, you can designate the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library as the recipient of your United Way contributions. Even though Simpson Library is not member agency of the United Way, donations can be directed to us through their campaign. Simply list our United Way agency number on your United Way pledge form – 83514.

Friends of the Library Membership
Every great library needs great friends! And the Simpson Library has an outstanding Friends group that provides thousands of dollars in financial and volunteer support to the library each year. The Friends of the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library are a membership organization with annual dues. Dues range from a $20 minimum up to any amount you wish to give. Renewal letters are sent on an annual basis requesting renewal of your membership. Friends members receive an invitation to attend their Members Only Preview Nights held on the evening prior to each of their three books sales held in February, June and October. Join the Friends now and pay by credit card through PayPal, or print the membership brochure (PDF, 279KB, 2 pages) and mail in your membership dues.

Adopt a Summer Learner
Our Summer Learning Program instills a love of reading in children, helps them become better readers, and ultimately lifelong learners. Children have an opportunity to borrow materials, attend educational and recreational programs and complete a variety of activities at home or in the community to earn incentive prizes. Together, we can keep kids reading and learning all summer long. Your gift will encourage children and parents to continue reading together this summer and it will open the door to a lifelong love of reading for pleasure.

Donate Items for the Friends of the Library Book Sales
We accept donations of new and used books for all ages as well as DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks, video games, and puzzles to be sold at our Book Sales throughout the year. All donations should be delivered to our Book Donation Drop Off Center located at 45 West Allen Street, Mechanicsburg. Place donations in the blue shed on the side of the warehouse building.

You can also support Simpson Library by making a bequest or volunteering your time.

Thank you for your support of the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library. If you have any questions, please contact Executive Director Sue Erdman at or 717-766-0171, ext. 233 or Development Coordinator Dawna Trump at or 717-766-0171, ext. 232.



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December 15, 2023