Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Friends of Western Massachusetts Regional Library SystemRecognized by Big Y

The Friends of the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System
(WMRLS) is proud to announce that it has been selected as a recipient of
$5,000 from the Big Y Paul H. D’ Amour Memorial Charity Golf Outing
Committee. The Friends group was chosen for its efforts in raising
funds for services and programs for the regional library system (WMRLS).

Established in 2003, the Friends of WMRLS formed in response to a
devastating cut in Regional Library funding. Each year, the Friends of
WMRLS identifies one or more areas of Regional service to support
through membership dues and fundraising events, supplementing state
funding in good times and maintaining basic programs in times of
economic stress. This year the grant will be used to support the
delivery of books and audiovisual materials to library users in over 300
communities in western Massachusetts. The sharing of resources between
libraries is at an all time high in these challenging economic times.

Friends President Antonia Golinski-Foisy stated, “We are overjoyed by
this generous gift. Big Y has an established commitment to the
communities that it services and is dedicated to improving the quality
of life in southern New England. The Friends of WMRLS is honored that
Big Y would recognize our shared values by awarding us this generous
gift and assisting us in our own commitment to our communities.”

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