The Webster Five Foundation has made a generous donation of $150,000 to the Friends of the Chester C. Corbin Library. The funds will be used for building enhancements and to provide additional services to Webster’s new Gladys E. Kelly Library.
The Friends of the Chester C. Corbin Library provides volunteer and financial support to the Webster Public Library, aiming to foster public interest and provide financial aid for special library programming outside of the town of Webster’s annual library budget.
The new library space will help all residents who use the library, from young children to adults and seniors. The goal is to be a community information center to promote lifelong learning, thanks to the addition of enhanced technology, internet access and community meeting rooms. In recognition of the donation, the library’s children’s activity room will be named Webster Five Children’s Activity Room, where children can enjoy craft-making, story time and special programs.
Friends of the Chester C. Corbin Library Inc. Executive Director Thomas T. Klebart said, “We are especially thankful for Webster Five’s donation to the new library because of its long-standing history within the town. The funds received will play a large role in providing improvements to the building and library services.”
“We’re proud of our history with the town of Webster,” stated Donald F. Doyle, president and CEO of Webster Five. “So, we’re excited and honored to support the expansion construction and ongoing services of a new library and invest in the revitalization of downtown Webster.”
In 2014, the town of Webster voted on and approved a $12 million dollar library project. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners granted the town a $7.5 million grant. Private donations and public funds are being used to offset the remainder of the project that is expected to be completed later this year. If you would like to make a donation to the project, click here.