Shrewsbury – Thanks to the contributions of eight individuals, businesses and civic groups, the Shrewsbury Public Library will be open Saturday mornings this summer for the first time in six years. From July 9 through Aug. 28, the library will be open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. each Saturday.
The new sponsorship program responsible for the donations is based on the successful Sunday Sponsorship Program, which has funded library Sunday hours for the past six years. Donations and community support for that program was so strong that the Board of Library Trustees decided to try to restore summer Saturday hours as well. The response filled the need; all sponsorship slots are now funded and Saturday morning hours will begin July 9.
Sponsors for the new program include the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury, the Shrewsbury Federal Credit Union, Jacob and Emilie Sizemore, a memorial donation received in memory of Sardar H. S. Nair, the Britton Funeral Home and three anonymous donors.
Trustee Chair Laurie Hogan noted the Trustee Board's pleasure with the response to this initiative.
“With very little advertising or promotion, the library was able to secure the funding needed to restore all the Saturday hours,” Hogan said. “Our donors are incredibly generous.”
Library Director Ellen Dolan said that she and the library staff are grateful for this effort.
“We know how important it is to keep the library open on weekends throughout the year,” Dolan said. “We are so happy that people of all ages, but especially children and their families, will find our doors open on Saturday mornings this summer – and will be able to enjoy all that the library has to offer.”