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Library bidding for improvements - Leominster auction gala March 24
Anna L. Griffin, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, January 28, 2007

LEOMINSTER - A gala auction, with both live and silent components, will be held to benefit the Leominster Public Library Building Fund. All proceeds will be used for furniture, fixtures and equipment.

"It's going to be a celebration of the 150th anniversary of public library service in the city," said Sue Chalifoux Zephir, chairwoman of the 150th Anniversary Gala Auction Committee.The event will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. March 24 in Tata Auditorium, City Hall, 25 West St. Tickets to the event are $25 each. In addition to the auction, there will be refreshments and a cash bar. Dave Rogers is the auctioneer.

"We already have several fabulous items including trips, premier seating at Boston sporting events, things like that," said Mrs. Zephir.

"But it's really an event that is going to offer something for everyone," she said. "We have a lot of people donating gift baskets that will be auctioned off, professional services and homemade or handcrafted goods."

Donations of items or services for the auction are being accepted. Those who are interested in making a donation can call the Leominster Public Library at (978) 534-7522, by e-mailing auction@leominsterlibrary.com or by contacting any member of the committee.

In addition to Mrs. Zephir, committee members are: Donna Balletta, Kim DiGeronimo, Sheila Eydenberg, Martha Faulkner, Suzanne Koehler, Denise Labenski, Ruth McCarty, Carol Millette, Nona Ojala, Susan Shelton, director of the Leominster Public Library; Suzanne St. Cyr and Jeanne Zephir.

Auction committee members are also looking for volunteers who will be able to assist with the various aspects of the auction. Those who would like to volunteer can use the contact information listed above.

Tickets for the auction can be obtained from committee members, at the Mayor's Office, City Hall or at the event that evening.

In May 2005, the Leominster Public Library moved from West Street to its temporary location at Crossroads Office Park, 690 Mechanic St. A July groundbreaking was held at the West Street location that marked the official start of a project to expand the library to 44,513 square feet, with 55 adjacent parking spaces.

This was achieved by renovating the original building, constructed in 1910 and building a new 34,434 square-foot addition. Entrances to the building will be on both West and Pearl streets. In addition to money from both the state and local government to cover the costs of construction, the library has undertaken a private fundraising effort to pay for such things as furnishings. The auction is part of this private fundraising effort.

Information on any aspect of the project can be obtained by visiting the Web site www.leominsterlibrary.org.



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