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'Wine, Cheese and Chocolate' to support library

By Lori O'Brien


SOUTH HADLEY Area residents are invited to sample fine wines, nibble on cheese and chocolate and support a good cause the Gaylord Memorial Library on June 2.

The library will host a unique fundraiser, "Wine, Cheese and Chocolate," from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to raise money for the general fund. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased in advance at the library or at the door that evening.

Built in 1904, the Gaylord Memorial Library is named for William H. Gaylord, a businessman and civic-minded town resident, who recognized the need for a public library in the center of town. Portraits of Gaylord and his wife still hang in the library's rotunda.

The library has remained open over the years due to the diligence of the Gaylord Board of Trustees, donors, volunteers and town officials. Library hours are limited to Thursdays from 1 to 8 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

Throughout the year, the library also welcomes monetary donations as well as donations of new and used books, CD's and DVD's.

On its website there is also a "wish list" of services and improvements that are welcomed at any time. Currently, wish list items range from chairs and computers to books for all ages, books on CD, and a quilt hanger. All donations are tax-deductible.

There are approximately 60 volunteers who currently work in various capacities at the library. Persons interested in volunteering their time are asked to complete a volunteer application.

For more information on the library's programs and services, call (413) 538-5047.