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What's Happening

Hopkinton Public Library Awarded $4.5 Million Construction Grant!

On August 7, 2014, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded Hopkinton Public Library its $4.5 million provisional construction grant for the renovation and expansion of our Library. Funding for this grant was made possible through the capital bond bill signed by Governor Deval Patrick on August 5, 2014. The bond bill authorizes a total of $151,200,000 for the highly successful Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program. “By funding library construction, the Governor and the Legislature have demonstrated their continued commitment to providing lifelong learning for every Massachusetts resident no matter where they live, how old they are, or how much money they make,” said Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Chair Greg Shesko.

Click here to read the MBLC Press Release announcing the award.

Click here to read the August 12, 2014, letter informing Hopkinton’s Library Director of the MBLC vote to award Hopkinton its $4.5 million library construction grant.

Third Annual Touch-A-Truck Raises Over $4,000 for Renovation and Expansion of Library

Over 500 children and their families attended Hopkinton Public Library Foundation’s Third Annual Touch-A-Truck on Sunday, June 8, 2014. The event, held at Hopkinton High School, raised over $4,000 for the renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Public Library. Children could see and climb on trucks, construction and emergency vehicles from American Climbers, Gentle Giant Moving Company, Greenwood Landscaping, Holliston Oil Service, the Hopkinton Police Department, McIntyre Loam, Inc., Norton & Haines Transportation, Scott’s Landscaping, Inc., and Scott Septic, Inc. Children and their families also could ride the Roaming Railroad from Suffield, CT, or win a Power Wheels Mercedes ML63.

Hallmark Sotheby’s International Realty and Kumon of Hopkinton sponsored the event, while Roaming Railroad will contribute a portion of its proceeds from the day. Kona Shaved Ice (Cumberland, Rhode Island), Cool Cow Ice Cream (Lynnfield), Snappy Dogs (Hopkinton), Tailgaters Wood Grill (Sudbury), LeafFilter, Inc., and Next Step Living added to the festivities as vendors.

Hopkinton Moms Group Gives $2,500 for the Renovation and Expansion of Library

Fundraising for the Library received a generous $2,500 gift from the Hopkinton Moms Group to renovate and expand the Library. In recognition of its gift, a table and chairs in the Children’s Room of the new Library will be named for the Hopkinton Moms Group.

“The Hopkinton Moms Group contributes to local organizations in many ways throughout the year. At the end of our calendar year, we also try to pick one or two organizations to whom to make a large donation. This year, the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation made the most sense given that so many families in our community currently and will always benefit from library offerings,” says Mary Schofield, Hopkinton Moms Group President. “In past years, we’ve also donated to Hopkinton Center for the Arts, The Michael Lisnow Respite Center, The One Fund, Project Just Because, EMC Playground to replace the mulch, and Hopkinton Youth Soccer to replace soccer nets, among other organizations.”

Along with recent fundraising events and new 1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library pledges, Hopkinton Public Library Foundation has raised over $520,000 in total for the new Library.

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Sons of Former Hopkinton Public Library Director, Jeanette P. Ellsworth, Honor Their Late Mother’s Legacy With a $10,000 Gift for the New Library

The Ellsworth Family has made a generous $10,000 gift in memory of their late mother, Jeanette P. Ellsworth. In recognition of this gift, the Conference Room of the newly renovated and expanded Library will be named for Mrs. Ellsworth, who served as Director of the Hopkinton Public Library from 1972 until 1991.

“My mother’s association with the Library began in 1955 as a volunteer under then Library Director, Mrs. Betty Strong. She became Assistant Director in the 1958, and Director in 1972 when Mrs. Strong retired. She served as Director until 1991, and concluded her service to the Library in 1993, as she had begun it, as a volunteer,” says Russell Ellsworth, one of Jeanette’s sons. “I know she would have been very excited about the renovation and expansion plans.”

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New Resident Social – September 18, 2014

Come meet other newcomers to Hopkinton at a New Resident Social! If you moved to town this spring or summer, please let us know that you will be attending by September 17th at info@hopkintonpubliclibraryfoundation.org. If you know a family member, neighbor, or friend who is new to Hopkinton, please let them know about this fun evening for new residents. We will have light refreshments and crafts for the kids! Thank you!

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