Dedication held for “Memory Place” at Shrewsbury library

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By Joyce DeWallace, Contributing Writer

 

Donations to refurbish the outdoor courtyard were given in memory of those in a photo display at the recent Memory Place opening (l to r) Julie Neafsey, David Carter, Ursula Kocemba Slosky, David Muise, Nicholas Leoni and Drew Stevens. Both Carter and Muise were former library employees. (Photo/Joyce DeWallace)

Shrewsbury – Generous memorial donations have turned the space outside the children's library section of the Shrewsbury Public Library into a welcoming seating area and place for storytelling. According to the library staff, “Memory Place” will serve three purposes: it's a place for children and families to come together; a place where visitors can remember those they love; and a place where new memories will be created.

Library Director Ellen Dolan and Linda Dashaw, head of Children's Services, shared a vision to relieve some of the limited space issues in a section of the library by expanding the usage of the outdoor courtyard. When Jack Slosky wanted a way to honor the memory of his wife, Ursula, the staff explained their desire to develop the underused space. His donation provided the sail-like sunshade, a bench, a colorful carpet and two rocking chairs, as well as funds to hold the first children's program in the spring. Other donors stepped forward to complete the furnishings.

The Memory Place Courtyard will be open during regular library hours.