RED BANK, NJ - The Foundation for the Red Bank Public Library announced its first annual appeal today. The appeal letter will be sent to more than 8,700 local households and businesses. “We are excited to kick off our first appeal. This has been a challenging year for the Library and we are so grateful for the continued support of the community,” said Beth Hanratty, President of the Foundation and member of the Library’s Board of Trustees. Proceeds from the appeal will benefit the Foundation for the Red Bank Public Library, a nonprofit organization formed in 2013 to raise private funds to supplement the Library’s public funding. In recent years, reduced public funding and increased expenses have led to multiple reductions in the Library’s hours of operation and limits on collections and programs. The Foundation is working to reverse that trend and build a fiscally sustainable future for the Library. “Today, a great library is not possible through public funding alone, and Red Bank deserves a great library,” said Elizabeth McDermott, acting director of the Library and board member of the Foundation. The Foundation also hopes that the appeal will encourage more residents to sign up for a library card which is free to all who live or work in Red Bank.