Happy Spring!

Did you know that today is #LibraryGivingDay? We at the Goodnow Library Foundation enthusiastically embrace this movement! We treasure Goodnow not only for providing books, research materials, and services to patrons, but for the positive impact it has on our community. It offers a welcoming space for EVERYONE to come together to read, study, socialize, tinker, knit - you name it! Goodnow's programs and its technology offerings enrich the lives of our community. What’s not to love?

How does the the GLF contribute to Goodnow's vitality? We raise the funds that fill in the gap between what town and state taxes provide and the monies needed to pay for the capital projects (renovations and facility upgrades) that ensure Goodnow's continued distinction. Additionally, we offer a myriad of community-building events and programs such as the Be Bold speaker series and the Goodnow Develops internship program.
The GLF’s current priority is to renovate Goodnow’s beautiful Historical Room. Please read below to learn about the vision and details of this exciting project.

We are truly grateful for YOUR support. Each and every donation makes a difference. Thank you.
  • To make a contribution to the Goodnow Library Foundation, please click HERE. ** If you would like your donation to directly impact the Historical Room renovation, please write "Historical Room" in the Memorial box. **
  • To learn more about the Historical Room project, please reply to this email or contact Holly Bernene at [email protected] or (978) 440-5562.
The GLF has kicked off its fundraising for the refurbishment of the Historical Room! The Library plans to open the room to the public as a quiet space for its patrons. Over the years, the Library has seen an increasing amount of budding entrepreneurs, freelancers, remote employees, and students who use Goodnow for work, study, and building connections in the community. In response, the plans for this renovation include long study tables with task lamps as well as cozy fabric chairs for reading.

In addition, this renovation will provide secure and customized storage for items in Goodnow's local history collection, including unique documents, maps, and artifacts. We will also rehabilitate existing shelving for the local history book and art collections and will install acoustic buffering to facilitate this quiet space. The GLF has committed to raise $50,000 for this project to supplement the $150,000 funding that was approved by the Community Preservation Act in September.
We wish to thank longtime GLF supporters Christine Hawrylak and Beau Schless. Chris, a former community relations director for Lahey Home Health and Hospice, volunteers her time in Goodnow's Children's Room in addition to assisting us with grant writing. Prior to the pandemic, Beau volunteered in the Sara Sherman NOW Lab. Previously, Beau owned NOTEbookS Library Automation, software for special libraries. Thanks to Chris' efforts, the GLF received a $500 Constellation Community Champions Grant, earmarked for our Historical Room renovation. Thank you, Chris; thank you, Constellation!

GLF Development Director Holly Bernene recently received these Historical Room remembrances from Carol Hull, a longtime supporter of the GLF
and a former Library Trustee:
Last month the GLF partnered with the Library to host a contactless book drive. The drive exceeded all expectations, as approximately 225 cars visited the Library with donations of an estimated 5,000-7,000 books! The success of this event underscores the sale’s popularity and highlights one of the ways that our community can be a part of continuing Goodnow’s excellence. We are pleased to have the support and encouragement from the Library’s Board of Trustees and from Director Esmé Green for the book drive as well as subsequent book sales.

Please stay tuned for an announcement about the “opening” of The Goodnow Book Nook, an initiative that will host online book sales as well as a pop-up book sale in the spring.
We extend a huge thank you to all who donated books: This would not be possible without you!
Since 2017, the Goodnow Library Foundation has hosted the popular Be Bold Speaker Series, with the aim of educating and connecting members of our community through sharing viewpoints and discussion. We are so grateful that these Be Bold events transitioned successfully to virtual mode.

If you missed our three winter events – all under the umbrella of "Get Outdoors!" – you can access the videos on the GLF’s YouTube channel. Here's an overview of what we offered this winter:

  • JANUARY: Dan Stimson, Assistant Director of Stewardship at Sudbury Valley Trustees, presented Wildlife in Winter: How our birds and other wildlife are adapted to survive a New England winter. (Click HERE to view this event.)

  • FEBRUARY: Tia Pinney from Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary joined us for Backyard Science: Expanding outdoor engagement for adults and children through community science. (Click HERE to view this event.)

  • MARCH: Hannah Traggis, the co-founder of the Wayland-based nonprofit food pantry garden Aurelia’s Garden, treated us to Be Bold, Get Outside, Grow Food! (Click HERE to view this event.)
We would like to recognize and thank the Sudbury Cultural Council for its generous $500 grant to support the Be Bold Series.
Established in 1982, the Sudbury Cultural Council (SCC) supports and promotes community-originated projects and activities in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to benefit the residents of Sudbury. It is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
The GLF's annual gala is being reimagined for 2021! Please save the date of Friday, September 17 and plan on joining us from 5-8 PM for an outdoor party in the Camp Sewataro pavilion.
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