Chatham-Kent Public Library is supported in large part by municipal tax dollars, but in order for us to do more to meet the needs of our community, we need your help. 

By leaving CKPL a gift in your will, or committing your support in a number of other ways, you will provide the library with a critical source of long-term funding - a gift that will help generations of Chatham-Kent residents. 

Here are just a few of the ways you can support CKPL...

Make a Donation

Want to give back to your community library? Visit CKPL's Make a Donation page to learn more about giving back to your library, including online donations, planned giving and book donations. Every gift makes a difference!

Shop at the Library

Looking for fun book and literary themed gift ideas? Look no further than the CKPL Shop at the Chatham Branch! All proceeds from the shop go to library programs.

The Literary Angels Program

The Literary Angels Programs accepts donations from patrons to purchase library materials in honour of others. A gift from The Literary Angels Program is perfect for those who love books, reading and libraries! Celebrate a special friend or teacher or dedicate a title as a memorial tribute.

With a recommended donation of $25.00, staff select an appropriate title. A bookplate identifying the recipient, donor and the occasion will be placed inside the front cover.

We will notify the honoree or whomever you desire to inform them of the gift you have made to CKPL so they can borrow the item. Tax receipts for donations over $10.00 are mailed at year end.

There are two ways to donate. The first is to visit any branch and pick up a form. The second is by donating online. Donations received online will receive a tax receipt from CanadaHelps.

Planned Giving

When considering a planned gift, we encourage you to seek independent legal and/or financial planning advice. 

The giving ideas highlighted on this webpage may provide a way for you to make the gift of a lifetime while providingn significant benefits for yourself and your loved ones.

We also welcome the opportunity to discuss the many gift planning opportunities with you in confidence. 

We recognize and honour all individuals, businesses, service clubs, foundations and community organizations making donations or gifts-in-kind to the library. If you prefer not to receive public recognition for your support, please let us know. Your privacy and right to give anonymously will be honoured. 

There are many different types of planned charitable gifrs. Please see below for more information on some of them. 

  • Bequests - If preparing for your future could include remembering CKPL in your estate plan, we would be very grateful. A bequest to CKPL will ensure that you leave a lasting legacy to your library. You can set aside a specific dollar amount, leave a percentage of your estate, or leave any assets left over after you have provided for your family. Every gift in your will makes a difference no matter how large or small. 

  • Gifts of Life Insurance - Many people are unaware that a gift of a life insurance policy makes an excellent charitiable gift without tapping into current assets. People sometimes have life insurance policies that have outlived their needs. Policies taken out to protect mortgages that have since been paid or educational plans that have been completed, for example, can make excellent charitable gifts. By irrevocably transferring ownership and naming the library as beneficiary, you will receive a tax receipt for the cash surrender value of the policy. You can also name the library as beneficiary or co-beneficiary of a policy, without changing ownership, and your estate will receive the tax receipt. Others wishing to give beyond their immediate resources find they can make a large gift by purchasing a new life insurance policy. If the library is named the irrevocable owner and beneficiary, every premium payment made can qualify for a tax receipt.