Due to decreased library funding from the state, libraries are even more dependent upon their communities for support. Sometimes this means creating new fundraisers to support the library. And sometimes this means looking for other ways to accept donations. If you are looking for a way to support the library, check out this page for ideas!

The library accepts donations of books, DVD’s, and CD’s all year round for our annual book sale in June; donations are subject to our Book Donation Policy.  You can also donate clean, used items, such as clothing or housewares, twice yearly on specially designated donation days at the Fredericksburg Community Center right before our semi-annual rummage sales. If you’re interested in volunteering at our semi-annual rummage sales, you can add your name to the volunteer list by visiting the online volunteer form or calling the library.

Is there a special occasion or a special someone that you wish to recognize or remember? What better way to do so than to give a donation in honor of or in memory of that person! Download the Gift Book Program brochure for more information or to give today.

The annual Hinkelfest Cooking Contest is organized by the library. Each year ‘s new categories will be announced the month before Hinkelfest to allow for amateur cooks to prepare their delicious recipes. The deadline for recipe submission is the Monday before Hinkelfest while judging of contest entries will begin at 1 PM the Saturday of Hinkelfest at Fireman’s Park, Fredericksburg, PA. Cash prizes and ribbons are awarded in all three categories. Download complete contest guidelines here.

We’re looking for (more than a) few good volunteers!  If you love your community and want to give back, volunteering at Hinkelfest may be the opportunity you’re looking for.  A volunteer commitment at Hinkelfest is perfect for busy folks or those looking to cut their teeth on getting more involved in their community because it runs one weekend a year, and you only have to commit to a single two hour shift (though you may volunteer for than one shift if you want!).  To add your name to the volunteer roster, complete this online form or call the library; you’ll be contacted next year the month before Hinkelfest to schedule your volunteer shift(s), and we’ll see you in September at Hinkelfest! Hinkelfest is a country fair full of good food, games, rides, amusements, +more, and it’s staffed entirely by volunteers while its proceeds are distributed among five local organizations, including Matthews Public Library.

We always welcome volunteers here at the library. If you have just a little time once or twice a year, you could help out with the twice yearly rummage sale or the annual book sale. If you have more time to commit, you might think about volunteering regularly–it is a great way to learn about the library and all the ways in which we serve the community. We also provide local volunteer opportunities for students. Call the library to talk to Mrs. Sheila Redcay, director of the library, about volunteering.