Shrewsbury Public Library Foundation Announces Generous Gift

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 Shrewsbury Public Library Foundation Announces Generous Gift  Shrewsbury MassachusettsSHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Tomorrow morning at 9AM, in front of the Shrewsbury Public Library, President/CEO Dave ‘L’Ecuyer of Central One Federal Credit Union will be announcing the Credit’s Unions gift to the Shrewsbury Public Library Foundation, and handing a check to Fundraising Committee Chairs Matt Hogan and Mary Casey.

The library’s “Building for the Future” capital campaign, is a $1.75 million philanthropic effort to support the $23.3 million expansion and revitalization of the library building.

Central One’s support for the effort began in the early planning phases for an improved library building. In 2007 Central One pledged a $25,000 gift to the library project. Today they honored that pledge, by handing the campaign leadership a $25,000 check. “We were so pleased voters approved the project last fall and are glad that the library project is moving forward” said David L’Ecuyer President and CEO of Central One. “Our library is used by over 70% of the community and provides learning and enrichment for all ages. There are early literacy programs for children, employment and language services for adults, and programs to keep teens engaged in positive ways. We see it as a vital community resource. And this facility is one of the real ‘treasures’ in downtown Shrewsbury. All of us at Central One are proud to play a role in its revitalization.”

Remarking on the gift, attorney Casey said, “It is gratifying to have the participation of Central One in this endeavor. Their generous gift will help complete this project, and create a modern and efficient library building more suited to community needs.”  Hogan added: “In both the generosity of their gift and their early backing of the project, Central One has and continues to play a significant role in the campaign. Central One is committed to supporting many programs that directly impact the quality of life for all demographics in Shrewsbury.”

Work on the project is slated to begin in the fall of 2014, with completion scheduled for 2016. The construction team includes architect Lamoureux Pagano, Construction Manager Fontaine Brothers Inc, and Owners Project Manager Paul Queeney of PMA Consultants, LLC. The project was approved by Shrewsbury voters and Town Meeting Members in the fall of 2013, and secured a $7.9 Million grant from the state of Massachusetts. This capital campaign is targeted to provide an additional $1.75 million from private donors, businesses and foundations.  The campaign has raised $924,000 to date.  The remodeled Library will expand to 38,600 square feet, tripling the size of the Children’s Services area. It will provide a dedicated service space for teens, three times the amount of public computers, greatly improved technology services and enhanced and expanded study and meeting space.

About the Shrewsbury Public Library

The second busiest library is Central Massachusetts, the Shrewsbury Public Library lends close to half a million items per year, and sees close to 160 visitors each hour. The library offers the public more than 200,000 books, media and online titles, and hosted 12,750 programs for children, teens and adults last year alone. For more information about the Shrewsbury Public Library and its services, contact Library Director Ellen Dolan at edolan@shrewsburyma.gov

About Central One Federal Credit Union: This community credit union servespersons who live, work, worship, attend school have a business or other legal entities located in the following cities and towns in Massachusetts: Auburn, Berlin, Bolton, Boylston, Clinton, Grafton, Harvard, Holden, Hopkinton, Lancaster, Leicester, Marlboro, Milford, Millbury, Northborough, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Sterling, Upton, Westborough, West Boylston, and Worcester.  Central One features online banking, mobile banking with mobile deposit and over 65,000 surcharge free AllPoint and SUM ATMs.

About the Shrewsbury Public Library Foundation

Created in 2007, the Library Foundation supports the Shrewsbury Public Library’s capital project through fundraising and building relationships with others who share a passion for the library’s work. For information or to learn how you can support the Foundation, please call Mary Casey at 508-842-0204

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