Shrewsbury – The Trustees of the Shrewsbury Public Library announced the completion of the 2018 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 Oct. 1, 2017, to May 20. Twenty-four donors provided over $16,000 in sponsorships, assuring library service from 1 to 5 p.m. each Sunday during the eight-month period. During those 31 afternoons, users enjoyed over 17,000 visits and borrowed close to 25,000 items.
Board of Library Trustees Chair Clare O’Connor commented, “Visiting the library on a Sunday afternoon, one can see how much this community values its library. The building is full of people of all ages, using the library for work, study and community connection. We are so thankful to our donors for making these Sunday afternoon hours possible.”
Library Director Ellen Dolan noted the constancy of the support, explaining that “in the 13 years the sponsorship program has been in existence, community donors have provided approximately $200,000 to support library hours. We are so honored by and grateful for their generous support.”
The following sponsors funded the 2018 season: Dr. B. Dale & Mrs. Melanie Magee and Robert (Chief Joseph) Terkanian each provided funds for three Sundays. Providing two Sundays each were Dean Park Grill and Pizza owner Christo Baltas, Daniels Insurance Agency, Inc. and the Olive I. and Anthony A. Borgatti Jr. Donor Advised Fund of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. Individual Sunday sponsorships came from Central One Federal Credit Union, Bill and Nancy Robbins in memory of Dorby Thomas, Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in memory of Dorby Thomas, an anonymous donor in Memory of John J. Morrissey, an anonymous donor in remembrance of Harry Der Harootunian, the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury, Joyce Hyde, David and Kathleen Rocheleau, Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in memory Ken Dearden, Carmella Heedles in memory of James A. Heedles, Jay Somers in memory of Buckie Somers, Jeff and Priscilla Billingham, Olivia, Peg and Don Harbert, Susan and Zak Cramer in honor of Natalie and Allen Cramer, Unibank for Savings, Pat Silvestri in memory of Elizabeth Woodring, Shrewsbury Garden Club in honor of Earth Day, the Bachini Family in memory of Ruth Seward and Joan Barry.
The Board of Trustees plans to offer the Sunday Sponsorship Program during the 2018/2019 season, which will run from Oct. 7 through May 19, 2019. Sponsorships can be booked at the rate of $650 per Sunday. To sponsor a day or obtain more information, contact Dolan at 508-841-8537 or firstname.lastname@example.org.