|By G. Michael Dobbs|
GRANBY The first business to become a member of the Friends of the Granby Free Library brightened the holidays of children at the Child Adolescent Unit of Providence Hospital and Broderick House in Holyoke by making a donation of toys and gifts to the library's Warm Every Heart campaign.
Waste Management also donated $5,000 to the Friends group to be used to up-grade the library's computer service.
Jeanne Crosby, acting library director, said that with the upgrade she is hoping the library can go wireless and become the first public location in Granby offering a WiFi wireless Internet connection.
The library has two computers providing free Internet access that are used heavily by library patrons, particularly after school.
Crosby explained that an invitation to join the friends group had been included in a mailing of the Granby telephone bill. Businesses as well as individuals were asked to join the group that supports library efforts in the town.
The Warm Your Heart campaign has been collecting gifts to give to needy children during the holidays for seven years, Crosby explained. The library helps raise donation by having an amnesty week for over-due fine. Instead of a fine, people can bring in a toy for the campaign. She said that this year Cub Scout Pack 34 also helped in fundraising.
Waste Management operates a landfill in Granby. The donation was presented by Brian Santos, the district manager of the landfill, who said, "This $5,000 donation provides an opportunity for all residents of Granby to access learning resources and educational tools. There remain so many people who do not have access to learning tools at home. We are proud to help engage Granby's curious minds with the improvement and expansion of free public access to the Internet."