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Framingham library looking for volunteers to help fundraise for new McAuliffe branch project

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  December 31, 2012 01:35 PM

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Framingham Public Library officials are searching for local volunteers to help fundraise to supplement state and town funding for the new McAuliffe Branch Library project in the Nobscot area of Framingham.

Library leaders are hoping to raise $600,000 in supplementary funds, and are looking for volunteers who can research and talk to potential donors, help with back-office tasks related to the fundraising campaign, and help with special events.

The Framingham Public Library Foundation has raised about half of their goal in 18 months of fundraising, said Ruth Winett, president of the foundation. The foundation has also already begun planning fundraising events for 2013, she said.

The estimated $8.6 million library project will include construction of a one-story, 17,000 square foot building on Water Street that will better suit the library’s changing needs, officials previously said.

The project has received $4.2 million in funding from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners in October, and will request $3.8 million in town funding at Town Meeting in April 2013, Winett said.

Framingham Special Town Meeting members overwhelmingly voted two years ago to approve the design plans for the new branch, and to purchase a $710,000 parcel on Water Street where the new library will be located.

For more information, visit the Framingham Public Library's website.

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