|By Debbie Gardner|
HAMPDEN Members of the Friends of Hampden Free Public Library and Sherry
Himmelstein, who is spearheading a campaign to re-open the Hampden Senior
Center, met Nov. 1 to discuss plans to establish independent funding for
The Hampden Free Public Library and the recently-completed Hampden Senior
Center closed on July 1 of this year. Voters at the annual Town Meeting
this past spring rejected a Proposition 2 1/2 override that would
have provided monies to keep the Library, Senior Center and other town
According to Library Trustee Beth Burger, it will cost approximtley $69,000
to re-open the Hampden Library, and a total of $119,000 to re-establish the
majority of library services.
At the meeting, Burger also went over a proposed timeline for
re-accredation of the Hampden Library once the doors re-open.
Also at the Nov. 1 meeting, Himmelstein and members of the Friends agreed
to consider a joint fund-raising campaign with the goal of establishing an
endowment or foundation to support both the Library and Senior Center once
In a press release about the meeting, Friends Co-President Patty Ehlers is
quoted as saying "We want to create a foundation as a lifelong legacy for
Hampden to teach our children philanthropy."
The group set an objective goal of May 2006 for the project, and discussed
both a four-year timeline for donations and pledges, and levels of support
for individuals and corporations.
The group plans an initial mailing in December, and members were asked to
bring suggestions for the letter to the next meeting.
The Friends of Hampden Free Public Library will meet in the Town Hall on
Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and again on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.