Thursday, October 7, 2010

Belmont, Massachusetts: Branch Library to Reopen with Use of Volunteers, Private Funds

The facility will be open for 15 hours per week.

Link to October 7 Boston Globe article, "Volunteers gain OK to reopen library with private funds".

Excerpt: After a year of relentless fund-raising and activism, Belmont residents hoping for a chance to reopen the doors of the Benton Branch Library had their wish granted this week.

The Board of Selectmen voted, 2 to 1, to allow the Benton Library Reuse Committee and the Friends of the Benton Library to draw up a two-year license to run the library using private donations.

“We’re delighted the selectmen had faith in us,’’ said Richard Cheek, chairman of the reuse committee, who presented the plan at Monday’s meeting. “This could not have come together without the hard work and generosity of a tremendous number of volunteers, and now all their work has paid off.’’

Similar arrangements had proven successful in Newton, where the Waban and Auburndale branch libraries* are run with volunteers and donations, noted Cheek and Elizabeth Gibson, a member of the Friends of the Benton Library

*No listings for Waban and Auburndale at Newton Free Library's website.

The Waban Library Center, open 24.5 hours per week, has its own website.

As does the Auburndale Community Library.

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