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Completion of Eleventh Season of Sunday Hours at Shrewsbury Public

SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – The Trustees of the Shrewsbury Public Library announce the completion of the 2016 Sunday Library Season. Thanks to the contributions of generous individuals, businesses and civic groups, library users were able to enjoy a full season of Sunday hours from October 4, 2015 to May 22, 2016. Twenty donors provided close to $15,000 in sponsorships, assuring library service at the temporary library headquarters, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. each Sunday during the eight-month period. During those thirty afternoons, users enjoyed over 9,000 visits and borrowed close to 20,000 items.

Board of Library Trustees Chair Laurie Hogan commented, “As we came in to our eleventh season here at the temporary library on Lake Street, and knew we had a smaller space with fewer amenities, we wondered if the Sundays would be as popular with our patrons. We had nothing to worry about! Sunday visitors proved once again how much they appreciate the contributions of all our Sunday sponsors. It’s a delight to visit on a Sunday, and see people of all ages using the libraries for an assortment of purposes.

The following sponsors funded d the 2016 season. Providing three Sundays each were Dean Park Pizza and Grill, because owner Christo Baltas held a fundraiser at his restaurant and also made a personal gift of $1,000, all which were donated to the library’s Sunday Sponsorship program. The Friends of the Shrewsbury Public Library funded three Sundays as well. Providing two Sundays each were The Board of Library Trustees and the Olive I. and Anthony A. Borgatti Jr. Donor Advised Fund of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. Providing one Sunday each were Polito Development Corporation, Katherine Canney, Laurie & Matt Hogan, A gift in memory of James A. Heedles, the Shrewsbury Garden Club, in honor of Earth Day 2016, Jeff & Priscilla Billingham, the Shrewsbury Social Club, the Shrewsbury Lions Club, the Bargain Box of Southgate, the Family of David and Kathleen Rocheleau, Moira Miller and John Lebeaux, Mary Ellen Killelea, in memory of Grace McConn, Central One Federal Credit Union, Cathy Cooper, in honor of Tinu and two anonymous donors.

The Board of Trustees plans to offer the Sunday Sponsorship program during the exciting 2017 season when service will be offered in the newly renovated and expanded building at Main Street. The season will run from October 2, 2016 through May 21, 2017. Sponsorships can be booked at the rate of $600 per Sunday. To sponsor a day or obtain more information please contact Library Director Ellen Dolan at the Shrewsbury Public library at 508-841-8537 or edolan@shrewsburyma.gov.

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