LEICESTER, Mass. — A mailing requesting support for the Leicester Library Renovation Fund will soon be sent out to town residents. The mailing is being prepared and donated by Billtrust, the company that coordinates Leicester town mailings.
“We are grateful to Billtrust for their gift,” said Teena Cherry, Renovation Fund chair. “Our Renovation Fund Committee members have been reaching out personally to many businesses in town. Now, Billtrust has provided the opportunity to reach every household at no cost to us. It is a fantastic gift and a wonderful opportunity to reach our $8.1 million goal.”
The Renovation Fund received a $2 million leadership gift from an anonymous donor in April of 2011. In June of this year, the Library Trustees were notified of an additional $4.23 million grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
The existing library was a gift to the town in 1895. The land, architectural plans and construction were all donated when there were 1,000 residents in Leicester. Now, with approximately 11,000 residents, there is a need to expand the facility and make it accessible to all.
Referring to the original gift more than 100 year ago, the Renovation Fund campaign theme is “Build Upon the Legacy”.
“No gift is considered too small or too large. It is individual to each resident based on what our library means to him or her. And we need to let people know they may pledge support over three years. If people consider dividing a gift into three payments they can be as generous as they wish without straining family budgets,” Cherry said. She added, “It is the fervent hope of the Trustees to complete this project without town funds, but rather, through free will donations. Our battle cry has become, ‘let’s do it without taxes!’”
The Library Capital Campaign is a registered 501c(3) non-profit organization so gifts are tax deductible. Gifts can also be made by visiting the library’s website and clicking on the PayPal button.