The 20 year anniversary campaign, originally planned for 2 years, has been put on hold, after a year, due to COVID-19. In that year the campaign was able to raise $20,000. The money raised has or will go towards special purchases for the library. The Friends plan to relaunch the campaign for the 25th anniversary so we can still provide funding for updated items for the library. We thank you for your continued support.
In 1999, after a heroic effort, then Library Director Elizabeth Desmarais and a campaign full of generous citizens and government officials, opened the doors to our New Tewksbury Public Library. Now the New Library is twenty years old!
If you moved to town after 1999 you only know the library at Chandler and Main. A whole generation of children has known only this new site as their library. They attended programs as toddlers and may now be in college. In fact, this year the New Tewksbury Library will surpass more than 3,500,000 patron visits.
However, after millions of visits and 20 years, not only a few books are a bit dog-eared. Look around…
· Furniture is in need of replacement.
· The Teen Area needs new furnishings.
· Upgrades to the Children’s Library computer workstations are needed.
· Many other community and functional needs and potential improvements are unmet.
Now the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is undertaking a two year Anniversary Campaign to raise funds to help meet current needs and prepare for the next 20 years. Meeting the funding goal of $75,000 is a great way to celebrate past 20 years and prepare for the future of the TPL!