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Goodnow’s Sesquicentennial Event raises more than $45,000

Posted by Laura Franzini  November 19, 2012 09:45 AM

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Peter and Rosemary Harvell check the auction bids at the Goodnow Library's 150th Birthday Gala on October 20.

The recent 150th Birthday Celebration of the Goodnow Library raised more than $45,000 to kick off a million-dollar-plus capital campaign by the Goodnow Library Foundation to fund critically needed improvements at the library.

According to the Foundation, part of the money will initially fund new furniture in the children's room and interactive electronic bulletin boards in both the children's room and near the circulation desk.

"We are so delighted by the community support for the library, and thrilled to be able to make enhancements that make it even more welcoming for everyone," said Esme Green, the library director.

With these additions to the library, the Foundation plans to showcase improvements for library patrons to enjoy, while at the same time building an endowment to fund future needs.

Looking ahead, the Foundation plans to continue to raise money to further revitalize the children's area with additional furniture, kid's-height shelving, and cozy reading areas.

To ride the wave of new technology, the Foundation plans to create a training room to showcase the latest technology.

Additionally, the Foundation wants to provide access to Sudbury's history by funding a part-time consultant to catalog and maintain the library's historical collection.

Finally, with future improvements to the main circulation area, the Foundation said it hopes that patrons of all ages will continue to enjoy the library as an open, community gathering place.

At the celebration, more than 200 people enjoyed gourmet food served in four library locations, while bidding on donated items, including gift certificates to local restaurants and tickets to sporting events. Highlights of the evening included performances by the Lincoln-Sudbury High School Select Jazz Combo and the Accent A Capella. Hal Cutler, a desecendent of John Goodnow, took on the persona of his ancestor to hold conversations with event-goers.

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Esme Green, Goodnow Library Director, greets Hal and Betsey Cutler before Hal's impersonation of his ancestor, John Goodnow, at the 150th Birthday Celebration of the Library on October 20.

Volunteers for the event included the Birthday Event Committee, chaired by Kim Ogden Huntowski with assistance from Amy Adolfsson, Maria Balian, Maria Baillargeon, Melissa Evans, Deborah Gregorio Cruz, Lily Gordon, Susan Herel, Melanie Kaplan, Melissa Rudder, Linda Shulman, Joanne Thompson, and Joyce Willette, according to the Foundation.

"We were so pleased that the event ended up being one that drew from a true cross-section of the community--and was an opportunity to celebrate together one of our most wonderful community resources," Huntowski said.

For more information about the Goodnow Library Foundation, or in helping support its efforts, should contact development at goodnow-foundation.org or 978-639-3224.

Laura Franzini can be reached at laura.franzini@globe.com.

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