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Wilbraham Public Library honors

By Rick Sobey

Staff Intern

A memorial in the center of Wilbraham at the Wilbraham Public Library will be established in Coralie M. Gray's memory. Gray, an 18-year member of the Wilbraham Public Library Board of Trustees, passed away in December, and the board is planning to develop a teen area in her honor.

The library is currently accepting donations to renovate the mezzanine area, which will be for teens.

James S. Jurgens, chairman of the Library Board of Trustees, believes that this memorial is quite fitting for Gray.

"Several people have asked about making donations to the library in honor of Coralie," Jurgens said, "and after consulting with her family, we agreed that memorializing her in this way would be most appropriate since she worked with teens for over 40 years at Wilbraham & Monson Academy."

The board has been planning renovations to the library for over a year. Christine Bergquist, library director, wants to begin with the teen area since that area needs a good amount of help.

"We are starting with the teen space because that is the greatest need," Bergquist said. "We've earmarked our Library State Aid grant awards and also received a federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant to partially fund this project."

Donations for the renovations to the library should be made out to LIFT Inc. (Library Improvements for Tomorrow), a non-profit 501 (C)3 tax exempt organization which fundraises for building improvements. The address is LIFT, Inc., Wilbraham Public Library, 25 Crane Park Drive, Wilbraham, MA 01095.

The Public Libraries Fund of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners will match all of the money raised through LIFT.