Tax Check off logo Maine Public Library Fund State Income Tax Check-off

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Support Maine Public Libraries by donating via your Maine Income Tax form using Schedule CP Charitable Contributions and Purchase of Park Passes. Donating $5 or more is this easy.

How?

  • Go to your Maine Income Tax form - Form 1040ME
  • Locate Schedule CP which is used for voluntary charitable contributions to any of the organizations listed. [Schedule CP is also used to purchase a park pass for entry into Maine State Parks].
  • Look for Maine Public Library Fund in section A.
  • Choose to donate _$5 _$10 _$25 or more.
  • Maine taxpayers using the I-File system will also see the Maine Public Library Fund on the Schedule CP voluntary contributions page.
  • If you have any questions, see Maine Revenue Service (MRS) or consult your tax advisor.

Instructions for individuals who use TurboTax or H&R Block

How do these funds help?

Fall 2018 Program Grants Awarded
Library Name Grant amount Grant funds will be used for:
Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library $2,500 Large-print book club for a nearby retirement community.
Lubec Memorial Library $2,500 Local oral history video series.
Washburn Memorial Library $2,141 Lego program for local students.
Orono Public Library $1,800 Culture Packs program.
Norway Memorial Library $1,500 Community art project.
Skowhegan Free Public Library $1,360 Youth robotics and coding program.
Bonney Memorial Library, Cornish $1,000 Young artists sketching program.
Dyer Library, Saco $900 Digitization of local historical photographic collection.
Lincolnville Community Library $500 Method Writing Workshop.
Mildred Stevens Williams Memorial Library, Appleton $450 Youth animation workshop.
Stockton Springs Community Library $400 Weekly tai chi classes for seniors.
Fall 2018 Wireless Hardware Grants Awarded
Library Name Grant Amount Grant funds will be used for:
Andover Public Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Belgrade Public Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Brooksville Free Public Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Florence Sturdivant Public Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Lincolnville Community Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Milbridge Public Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Spaulding Memorial Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Veteran's Memorial Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Winter Harbor Public Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Winterport Memorial Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Spring 2018 Grants Awarded
Library Name Grant Amount Grant funds will be used for:
Waterboro Public Library $5,000 STEM programming for children
Skidompha Public Library, Damariscotta $3,600 Expanding podcast capabilities
Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, Lovell $2,500 LEGO library and programs for tots to teens
Dr. Shaw Memorial Library, Mt. Vernon $2,500 Mobile shelving to expand children's room space
Paris Public Library $2,500 Craft cart and monthly crafting programs
Prince Memorial Library, Cumberland $2,500 Portable digitization lab
McArthur Public Library, Biddeford $1,800 Outdoor movies program
Brown Memorial Library, Baldwin $1,700 Children's room improvements
Guilford Memorial Library $1,300 STEM discovery kits
Cary Library, Houlton $1,000 Quiet maker space for teens and challenged adults
Gardiner Public Library $1,000 Children's monthly nutrition programs
Patten Free Library, Bath $1,000 Books on the Bus seat covers
Pittsfield Public Library $1,000 ARSL Conference attendance
Springvale Public Library $1,000 Family summer sensory story time

 

You can use the following files to promote the tax check-off in your library or elsewhere in your community:

Visit the library resource page for more information on how your library can spread the word about the Maine Public Library Fund income tax check-off.

Background on the Maine Public Library Fund check-off

The second session of the 125th Maine State Legislature approved adding a “Maine Public Library Fund check-off to state income tax forms. The following is a quote from the law Sec. 1. 27 MRSA Subsection 8:

“…The fund is administered by the State Librarian. All money deposited in the fund and the earnings on that money remain in the fund to be used to provide grants to free public libraries for use in providing services identified as priority services by the State Librarian…”

Priority will be given to grants that benefit all or a significant number of Maine public libraries.