Are you prepared to make a meaningful pledge to the Hadley Library Fund?
Or, if you are ready to make a one-time donation today, there are many ways to support the Hadley Library Fund:
- Donate online, through the Community Foundation. Select “Hadley Library Fund” from the drop-down menu for “Another Named Fund.”
- Send a check to the library: please make checks payable to: “Community Foundation of Western MA” with Hadley Library Fund in the memo line and mail/deliver to Goodwin Library, 50 Middle Street, Hadley, MA 01035.
- Please direct questions to Patrick Borezo, Library Director:
Now more than ever the library needs your support! On Tuesday August 29 at 7pm there will be a special town meeting to vote on the new community library as well as the senior center and the north fire station.
We need a 2/3 majority in order for the vote to pass. Every vote counts. If the vote passes, our new library will be placed on the election ballot later in the Fall.
This is an unparalleled opportunity for the town. Hadley was just awarded in July a $3.9 million grant by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Nearly $100,000 has been pledged by private community donations.
We know there is a genuine desire for the project to move forward and build our town’s legacy.
Please come to town meeting on August 29 and rally your friends and neighbors to vote to help the Goodwin Grow! Please RSVP to our e-vite, and feel free to send the link to a friend or neighbor.
Many of our community members support the campaign to build a new library for Hadley. Meet a few of them and hear why they support the Hadley Library Fund in this short video!
Hadley has been offered a 3.9 million dollar matching grant from the state of Massachusetts, and the Daily Hampshire Gazette’s Editorial Board urges town voters to attend the upcoming Special Town Meeting and to vote in favor of providing the matching funds for the grant:
The need for a new library is clear in Hadley. Goodwin was built in 1902 at the corner of Route 9 and Middle Street. Much of the three-story, 4,500-square-foot building is inaccessible because it lacks an elevator.
One appealing aspect of the project is the clustering of two new town buildings — the library and a senior center — at the former Hooker School site. That building, which now houses the senior center, will be demolished. There already is money available to build a $5.3 million senior center in a field behind the former school.
We agree and urge residents to approve the town’s share of the project when the special Town Meeting is held at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Hopkins Academy.
Read about us on the cover of the July 14th Gazette
Find out specifics about the MBLC grant here.
July 13, 2017 For Immediate Release
Goodwin Memorial Library in Hadley announces $3.9 Million state grant dedicated to building a new community library
Once every hundred years, Hadley is offered an opportunity to build a new public library. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners announced a commitment of $3.9 Million towards Hadley’s future new library, slated to replace the current Goodwin Memorial Library which was built in 1902. Hadley is number two on the building list and only one of two libraries in Western MA to receive the grant.
“After years of planning, we are thrilled to receive notice of the Commonwealth’s investment in our town’s library, “ stated Jo-Ann Konieczny, Chair of Hadley’s Library Trustees. “This project is about building community and creating an accessible, open space for everyone”.
The current Goodwin Memorial Library was built for a turn-of-the 20th century town of 1,800 residents. Now, with Hadley’s diverse population close to 6,000, the historic building is inaccessible, lacks space for the library’s collections has inadequate parking. The new library will be an energy efficient structure well designed for innovative programs for children, young adults and seniors. The new library will host a community meeting room with kitchenette, a children’s room and story garden, a business center, additional parking and climate-controlled rooms for historic collections. Through a combination of these new state funds, proposed town funds and private donations, the new library facility will be able to provide important community services well into the 21st century.
Stop by and say hello tomorrow on the Hadley Common. The Friends of the Library will have a table at WGBY Asparagus Festival. We’ve got newly redesigned asparagus mugs and our oversized asparagus totes for sale, $15 each.
On February 28, 2017, Whole Foods Market in Hadley hosted 5% Day, with 5% of all sales going to The Friends of Goodwin Library. Thanks to the generosity of the store and of the many, many shoppers that day, we raised $5495 towards the Library Capital Campaign!