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Library bidding for improvements - Leominster auction gala
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
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.