Writing the Next Chapter

Committed as of January 2020

At a groundbreaking on June 12, 2019, the Worcester Public Library Foundation kicked off the public phase of our $4.1 million capital campaign- Writing the Next Chapter. To date, approximately $3.9 million has been raised towards the $4.1 million goal.

The campaign is spearheaded by community leader, Warner Fletcher, and includes campaign steering committee members Paul Belsito, Jeff Burk, Vaughn Calhoun, Sarah Sanders, Patty Eppinger, Dr. Richard E. Greene, Anne Lang, Tim Loew, Stephanie Pasha, Sherri Pitcher, Gail Randall, Dr. Robert Sorrenti, and Tina Sullivan.

Writing the Next Chapter is a multi-year capital campaign to support the $12.7 million renovation of the Worcester Public Library’s Main Library. The project includes the creation of a new entrance on the building’s north side, facing the Worcester Common, and the enclosure of the covered portico running along Salem Street. The newly enclosed space will create 8,000 additional square feet of space. This will create more public space, and allow for the creation of a Digital Studio and Innovation Center, as well as the improvement of several areas of the ground floor, including the Teen Zone, audiovisual area, and bookstore.

One of the most exciting aspects of the renovation is the elevation of the children’s room to the third floor, creating an opportunity to build a state-of-the-art space that provides children and their families with many unique learning opportunities. The new room will feature interactive spaces, a celebration of several Worcester landmarks, and much more.

The campaign is progressing well, but we still need to raise approximately $200,000 to reach our goal. We will be appealing to all those who care about and support the library with the hope that our entire community will rally around this important cause and help complete the project. To date, many individuals, businesses and foundations have stepped forward to lead this fundraising effort and we are very grateful for their support.

Thank you to the following individuals, businesses, and foundations who have committed to date:

Albert J. Gifford Charitable Trust
Albert W. Rice Charitable Foundation
Anthony Athy
Edward Augustus
Katherine Bagdis and Matt Wally
Tracy Baldelli
Francesca Bang and Gerald Gleich
Bay State Savings Bank
Berkshire Bank
Cynthia Bermudez
Paul Belsito and Christie Bik
Maureen Binienda
Margaret Boatwright-McEvoy
Ellen Brackett
Jeffrey Burk
Edward and Therese Carr
Chacharone Properties
Ping Chen
Sean Cheng and Olivia Ma
C. Jean and Myles McDonough Charitable Foundation
Coghlin Construction Services Fund
Jim Comes
Creative Worcester Fund supported by Barr Foundation at Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Joseph and Karen Crotty
Davis Publications Charitable Trust Foundation
Mary C. Defeudis
Glenn C. DeMallie
Tracy Dill
Anthony Economou
Fred and Patty Eppinger
Saul Feingold
Fidelity Bank
Adrien Finlay and Christopher Ranjitkar
Fletcher Foundation
Allen W. Fletcher
Warner and Mary Fletcher
Jeanne Gallagher
The George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation
George I. Alden Trust
Ben Gitkind and Kaity Lawler
Roberta Goldman
Jane Grant and Michael Allard-Madaus
Drs. Ivan and Noreen Green

Dr. Richard and Dolores Greene
Liz Gribbons
Lucy Hale
Hanover Insurance Group Foundation
Allison Chisolm Hansen
Erin Harper
The Hart Foundation
Dean Hickey
Jamie Hoag
Hoche-Scofield Foundation
Jason Homer
Anne Howard
Mary Jane Howard
Tara Howard
Matthew and Anne Irish
Judith Jaeger
Jolene Jennings
J. Irving England and Jane L. England Charitable Trust
Penelope Johnson
Patrick Jones and Kimberly Stone
Joseph Persky Foundation
Michelle Keane
Michael Keating
John Keenan
Emily Kent
John Knight
Paula Korstvedt
Koskinas Family Charitable Account
James and Anne Lang
Dr. Linda Larrivee
Gregory Lazan and Willa Kahn
Carolyn Leary
Timothy Loew and Allison Alaimo
Maureen and Patrick Looney
Michael P. Lyons
Robert and Minh Mailloux
Laura and Barry Maloney
Patrick Maloney
Pamela Manor
Ann McCarron
Molly McCullough
Timothy and Nadia McGourthy
Melvin S. Cutler Charitable Foundation
Christine and Thomas Murray

Sean and Melissa Murray
Thomas and Catherine Murray
Tim Murray
Nathaniel Wheeler Trust
Dr. William and Betty O’Neil
Deborah Ostrow
Deborah Packard
Ernest and Barbara Pantos
Stephanie Pasha
Toby Pedone
John D. Peters
Pierce Living Trust
Stephen and Cynthia Pitcher
Kathleen and John Polanowicz
Judy Powell
Anne Marie Rafferty-Dipierro and Patrick Dipierro
Thomas Rafferty
Gail Randall
RE/MAX Vision
Alan and Wendy Ritacco
Heather Robinson and Ron Adler
Rockwell Foundation
Shelley and Todd Rodman
Joanne Rose
Dory Rourke
Sulma Rubert-Silva
Sarah and Jake Sanders
Elizabeth Sanning
Mary Sanning
Andrew Schiller
Linnea Sheldon
Michael and Carol Sleeper
Megan Smith
Dr. Robert Sorrenti and Dr. Lynda Young
Stoddard Charitable Trust
Tina and Bill Sullivan
Mary Tanona
Leslie Thatcher
Robert Thompson
Matthew Tillo
The WooSox Foundation
Wyatt Wade
William D. Wallace
Wyman-Gordon Foundation