Hampden Bank Donates to
Library Technology Improvements
Wilbraham Public Library
25 Crane Park Drive
Contact: Christine Bergquist, Library Director 596-6141 x105
For Immediate News Release: April 22, 2011
Hampden Bank Donates to Library Technology Improvements
James S. Jurgens, Wilbraham Public Library Board of Trustees Chairman,
announced that Hampden Savings Foundation, Inc. has pledged $7,500 toward
library technology improvements. Funds will donated over a three-year
period and used to purchase computers, a VGA projection system and other
equipment to support library services and enhance building renovations.
Hampden Bank Vice President Hector Toledo and Wilbraham Branch Manager
Shana J. Hendrikse presented a $2,500 check as the first payment to
Library Director Christine Bergquist at the library on April 11 as the
first of three payments.
In a letter accompanying the check Treasurer Robert A. Massey wrote, “It
is with great pleasure that Hampden Savings Foundation, Inc. helps
support organizations such as Library Improvements for Tomorrow, Inc.
Organizations, such as yours, contribute to the welfare of the people
with the greater Springfield area.”
“We are excited about and very grateful for Hampden Savings Foundation’s
generous support of our library,” said Bergquist. “They understand and
appreciate the importance of the public library in the community and our
ability to positively impact of the lives of residents of all ages.”
Library Improvement for Tomorrow, Inc. (LIFT) is fundraising for
renovations and needs to raise $400,000 to complete all four phases. To
date LIFT has raised over
$200,000 in private funds, including donations from several local banks,
community groups, and numerous town residents. The overall cost to
complete renovations is estimated at $800,000.
LIFT is funding improvements to service delivery while the Town of
Wilbraham Capital Improvements Project budget is providing funds to
support infrastructure and health and safety remodeling.
Work has been ongoing at the library since 2007. Renovations to date
include a new teen space, new stairs, upgrades to the nonfiction book
stack new stairs, window replacements, HVAC upgrades, emergency and exit
lighting, and automatic door openers. The next improvement scheduled is
for a new unified service desk on the first floor to be installed early
Anyone interested in more information about library renovation plans or
wishing to make a donation may contact Bergquist at the library at
596-6141 ext. 105.
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