Northern New York Community Foundation Matching Grant and Endowment
for the Depauville Free Library
Tutoring/After School Program

The Depauville Free Library is proud to announce our partnership with the Northern New York Community Foundation (NNYCF).  In recognition of the great need for the services we provide to the community via our Tutoring/Afterschool Program, NNYCF has established a Matching grant for our immediate need to expand as well as an Endowment to help us ensure long term stability for the program.

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What a wonderful way to make a difference. Your generous gift will further our mission to provide the highest quality tutoring services for any student needing assistance. And right now, every dollar you send can be matched via our matching grant with the Northern New York Community Foundation.

Your gift today will help us:

  • Increase the number of students are able to be seen one on one by 10 for the 20-21 school year
  • Allow us to recruit and maintain certified instructors
  • Purchase and maintain current best practices materials necessary to provide the best educational value to our students.   

In 2015, the Marc A.F. Baker Reading Room opened at the Depauville Free Library. It was a welcoming space for children to improve their reading. The services first began with one reading recovery teacher offering summer tutoring to approximately six children.  The tutoring program has grown to its current summer staff of four certified reading teachers.  Services offered in reading, writing and math.  Our after school tutoring began three years ago extending free tutoring and homework support throughout the school year. Students who have been in both tutoring programs ranged in age from 5 to 14.

Over the summer of 2020, our 4 outstanding certified teachers held 229,  free 1 on 1 sessions for 25 students.  All CDC safety policies were in place and we came through with no covid issues and 25 children who literally danced up the steps to the library in anticipation of their IN PERSON lessons.

The need for this tutoring program continues to expand as our current educational concerns have affected students in so many ways.  Not attending school over the past four months combined with the current hybrid school schedules, the 2020-21 school year make our in-person assistance even more essential to the success of many students.  No one can measure the full impact of lost instruction on student learning over time. We envision expanding our summer program to include one more tutor and hope to add additional tutors during the school year.

Funding is essential to purchase additional supplies to assist our students as well as payroll. We need to keep our reading materials up to date as NYS shifts to its next revision of the Common Core curriculum. Augmenting and increasing our reading and math materials is essential as would purchasing consumable materials such as paper, pens, pencils and markers.

We hope you will be able to assist us in providing even more students the support they need to succeed in their learning. Depauville Free Library has been and will continue to be a “Little Library Making a Big Impact”.

Click Here to Donate

If you would like to donate  AND have it matched by the Northern New York Community Foundation via our grant you can:

1.  Click on the donate button  which will take you to pay pal where NNYCF has set up an account specifically for the Depauville Free Library.

2.  Donate on the Northern New York Community Foundation’s web site which can be found at

3.  Mail your donation directly to the Foundation.  Please make checks payable to NNYCF – DFL Matching Grant

Northern New York Community Foundation
120 Washington St.
Watertown, NY 13601