Charlie Ryan’s devotion to the City of Springfield and the Library were well-known facets of his long and productive life and his tireless efforts made it possible for our Library system to thrive.
Springfield Library Foundation Announces the White Family’s gift to the East Forest Park Branch Promise Realized Campaign
The Springfield Library Foundation is pleased to announce that the six children of former City Solicitor William White and his wife Patricia have joined together to make a $200,000 commitment to the Promise Realized Capital Campaign for the new East Forest Park Library.
In recognition of the gift, the library named the children’s reading room in honor of William and Patricia White. This brings the $2 million campaign up to $1.6 million.
East Forest Park Branch Library receives $150,000 from the Springfield Library Foundation Promise Realized Campaign
The East Forest Park Branch Library received $150,000 from the Springfield Library Foundation Promise Realized Campaign.
About the Foundation
The Foundation has two primary purposes:
- To responsibly steward and manage endowed and other funds entrusted to the Foundation’s care by donors going back more than a century ago.
- To encourage philanthropy and raise new funds, both restricted and unrestricted, in support of the Library’s programs, materials, services and facilities.
Fulfilling these two purposes will enrich the lives of every library patron, and ensure that Springfield’s Library system remains vibrant and responsive to community needs.
Since its founding, the Foundation has granted approximately $1.75 million to the Library for books and materials alone, and now provides nearly one third of the Library’s annual materials budget. In addition, the Foundation has supported various facility improvements throughout the system, as well as planning and staff development initiatives for library staff.
The largest individual fund at the Foundation is the Annie Curran Endowment, devoted to the Mason Square Branch Library. Since 2011, the Curran Endowment has generated over $795,000 for Mason Square operating expenses. Every year, the Branch hosts a Community Festival in Ms. Curran’s honor, and “Annie’s Reading Porch,” a play structure for children, is a popular fixture in the branch’s children’s area.
For further information, please contact Library Foundation Executive Director, Matt Blumenfeld at 413-263-6828 ext. 251, or by email at MBlumenfeld@springfieldlibrary.org.
Promise Realized Capital Campaign
Board of Directors
Patrick Markey, President
Barbara J. Garvey, Vice President
Stephen Cary, Springfield Library Commission Chairman
Charles V. Ryan, Treasurer
Molly Fogarty, Clerk
Helen Caulton Harris
Mary Ann G. Maloney
Mayor Domenic Sarno
Ben Swan, Jr.