Grants and Gratitude – Thank you to the generous organizations and patrons who support our Library!


American Library Association (ALA) Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Accessible Small and Rural Communities Round #2 Grant $10,000 to cover the costs of the sidewalk expansion/improvement project

Stewart’s Holiday Match Grant – We recently received a very generous grant from the Stewart’s Holiday Match Program! Stewart’s Shops collects and matches donations from their shops from Thanksgiving until Christmas. Half of the grants are funded by the community members, and then Stewart’s doubles every donation! We will use this grant to help fund our children’s literacy outreach efforts, by providing a Birthday Book to every child at Bolton Central School in PreK-6th grade, as well as holiday books to the children of the Bolton After School Program, as well as other outreach programs.

To learn more about this wonderful program, visit their website at:

Read With Jenna Book Club – The Bolton Free Library was recently selected to receive 3 cases of #ReadWithJenna books from Jenna’s Book Club on the Today Show, and we are so grateful!!!! This generous gift of fabulous, bestselling books will be a wonderful addition to our shelves. We’re currently creating a special display to highlight the books!

Do you need to print a document?

Thanks to the generosity of a 2023 NOROWAL Community Contribution grant, the Bolton Free Library was able to purchase this high speed color copier. Come by the Library and let us help you with your printing needs!


We are delighted to announce the completion of our sidewalk project!

Jesse Howard / JMB Enterprises did a great job, from demolishing the old sidewalks to putting in our new, wider, more accessible sidewalks, to include a new section of walkway connecting our front entrance area to the side ramp.

This project was partially funded by a very generous grant from the American Library Association for the Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities initiative

Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small libraries (ARSL).


American Library Association (ALA) Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Accessible Small and Rural Communities Grant $10,000 to improve the accessibility of the Library sidewalks to the ramp

Charles R. Wood Foundation – $2,500 to support our children’s literacy efforts

Cloudsplitter Foundation  $937   For a new, improved Library Sound System and $500 for Mission Support

LARAC Arts Education Grant $1,170 for a 3 part Painting Series on Georgia O’Keeffe

NOROWAL Community Contribution $2,500 for a new color copier and additional sidewalk costs

Stewart’s Shops $500 in support of the 2023 Meet The Author Series

Stewarts Holiday Match Grant $450 Books and materials for children’s literacy

Price Chopper Golub Foundation $500 Support for Summer 2023 Meet The Author program series

Adirondack Action Pollinator Project  Pollinator Kits were distributed for Pollinator Week June 19-25, 2023

American Library Association and Carnegie Mellon Foundation We were selected to receive a BookList Reader grant from the American Library Association and Mellon Foundation. This consists of one year of monthly copies of Booklist Reader for our patrons and a Library subscription to Booklist Reader that will allow us to share digitally through our website. This subscription started in June 2023.

Southern Adirondack Library System  Construction Challenge Grant  for Air Duct clean and Duct Relocation in the amount of $4,820.   

NYSED Grant $8,324 for an outside backup generator.



The Bolton Free Library would like to extend our gratitude to the generous organizations – as well as individual donors – who have supported the Library in 2022.  Without your contributions, the Library would not be able to offer the many services, programs, and events that we do – and we are steadily adding new programs and events each year!  As a small public Library in continuous operation at this location since 1906,  we are faced with the combined challenges of maintaining our physical location while updating our services to meet the growing and changing needs of our community.  
The grants and donations we received in 2022 have enabled us to continue our mission of meeting the informational, educational, cultural and general needs of the community by offering the following in 2022:

1.  The Library supports the Bolton After School Program on Thursdays with storytime, plus other activities and classes.
2.  The Library provided each child at Bolton Central School in grades K-5 with a “Birthday Book”*.
3.  The Library also provided each child in the Bolton After School Program with two beautiful hardcover books* as a holiday gift.
4.  The Library hosted three popular Meet The Author events outdoors on the front lawn.
5.  A beautiful new circulation desk was installed, creating an Americans with Disabilities Act ADA compliant checkout area, improving patron traffic flow, and allowing greater organization of the Library’s daily operations.
6.  The installation of new windows, doors and insulation, in addition to the upkeep and improvements of the 100+ year old Library’s foundation and siding, all which have reduced energy costs and kept the Library a beautiful and welcoming structure.

*All books were purchased from Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, our closest local bookstore.

2022 Grants

Adirondack Foundation  $1,500   Increasing Children’s Literacy Bolton Central School Birthday Books
Charles R. Wood Foundation  $3,000 for the Bolton Free Library Community Outreach
NOROWAL Community Contribution  $4,000 Generator Backup Project
NYSED Library Development  $19,885   New Windows, Doors & Insulation
SALS Challenge Grant  $5,000  New Circulation Desk
Stewart’s Foundation  $500   Holiday Books for Bolton After School Program Children
Warren County Community Conservation  $1,000 to plant a native garden on the north side of the Library