Press Release


The Modeste Bedient Memorial Library in Branchport is looking forward to 2021 and increasing its services and offerings for all its patrons.  The library is pleased to announce that it has secured funding and donations from various sources to meet this goal.

The library has received a donation of 220 brand new Juvenile and Young Adult books valued at $3,878, to add to its permanent collection.   These books were donated by The Lisa Libraries, which donates new children’s books to small libraries and organizations that work with families in under-served areas.  You can learn more about this worthy organization at

The Pilcrow Foundation, a national non-profit public charity, provides a 2-to-1 match to rural public libraries that receive a grant through its Children’s Book Project and contribute $200-400 through local sponsors for the purchase of up to $1,200 worth of new, quality, hardcover children’s books.  The library was awarded this grant and, through the generosity of its patrons, will be contributing the maximum $400 amount.  You can learn more about the Pilcrow Foundation at

This summer, the library is planning to develop a seed library stocked with several different seed varieties that will be free for patrons to check-out.  This project is funded (in part) by a grant from the Foundation for Southern Tier Libraries which offers competitive grants to member libraries and reading centers in the Southern Tier Library System.  This grant, in the amount of $1,500, will also be used to purchase gardening books for the library as well as a container gardening take-home kit giveaway.   To learn more about the Foundation for Southern Tier Libraries please visit

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the recipients of nearly $1 million in funding for small and rural libraries, the second grant distribution as part of the association’s Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries initiative. The funding will enable libraries to lead community engagement efforts in more than 300 small and rural communities.  The Modeste Bedient Memorial Library was awarded a $3,000 grant to lead a community discussion on the digital divide that exists in our region due to lack of equitable broadband services in outer lying areas.  Grant monies will be used to purchase new computers for the library as well as hot spots which will be lent out to patrons.

The Gardener’s Supply Company is an employee-owned company that donates 8% of profits to non-profit programs that make the world a better place through gardening.  The Modeste Bedient Memorial Library was awarded a $250 gift card to purchase some raised gardening beds for the library grounds.

The library is currently hosting a fundraiser to create a MakerSpace in the community room of the library.  Through the MakerSpace, the youth in our community will be able to create, learn and explore (and have fun!) with many art and technology projects.  The library is currently collaborating with the LyonSmith brewery to raise funds for a 3-D printer for the MakerSpace.  The brewery, located at located at 2597 Assembly Avenue in Keuka Park, has generously offered to donate a dollar of every pint sold during every weekend in May to reach this goal.  If you can’t make it to the brewery during this time and wish to donate, you may donate to the library directly in person, via the PayPal link on their website ( or by US mail at 3699 Route 54A, Branchport, NY 14418.