Shrewsbury – On Monday, Sept. 14, the Shrewsbury Public Library Foundation will begin a community-wide endeavor to collect coins to benefit the new library building project. Children and families of Shrewsbury are invited to participate in the fundraising efforts currently under way, led by the foundation’s Capital Campaign under the leadership of co-chairs Matt Hogan and Mary Casey. With the launch of “Coins for Construction,” even the smallest donation can make a big impact on the future of the new library.
Sponsored by Masiello Construction Co. and Antonelli Construction Co., Inc., two long standing construction firms based in Shrewsbury, this fundraiser will run through Nov. 1, and bring the Capital Campaign closer to reaching the $1.75 million in private funding needed to complete the project. Parent-teacher organizations (PTOs) and parents’ groups from each of the nine Shrewsbury Public schools, St. Mary’s School and Al Hamra Academy will participate in the effort, serving as collection sites for their students. Local banks and credit unions will also serve as collection sites where coins collected by families and community members can be dropped off, counted and deposited toward the goal.
“It is important for the Shrewsbury schools, both public and private, to support the campaign for the Shrewsbury Public Library,” said Lisa Powers, PTO president at the Beal Early Childhood Center and mother of two school-aged children. “Shrewsbury is a community that prides itself on its outstanding schools, and good schools rely heavily on good libraries. Coins for Construction is a way for the students and families in our town to come together and make a contribution to our new library.”
The Library Building Project was approved by voters in 2013 and is funded by a $13.6 million municipal bond and a $7.9 million state grant in addition to the funds raised through the Capital Campaign. For more information on the project or to make a donation, visit http://campaign4shrewsburylibrary.net/ or contact Laurie Hogan at [email protected].