City library gets $100K donation

Stewart’s Shops’ Dake foundation makes contribution

GLOVERSVILLE — Stewart’s Shops and the Dake Family Foundation have made a $100,000 donation to the ongoing capital campaign at the Gloversville Public Library.

The library and the Stewart’s foundation announced the donation on Friday for the library’s planned renovation of the more than 110-year-old facility on East Fulton Street.

“That Stewart’s Shops would give $100,000 to our campaign is a clear endorsement of our renovation project and demonstrates their commitment to the communities they serve,” said campaign co-chair Elizabeth Batchelor in a news release.

Susan Dake, president of the Stewart’s foundation, described the library’s renovation project as vital to the community. “The renovation and expansion of the Gloversville Public Library is key to revitalizing the community and expanding fundamental education opportunities for children and families,” she said.

Barbara Madonna, director of the library, noted in a news release that the library has received donations from the Stewart’s Holiday Match program for more than a decade. Stewart’s Shops donates approximately $2.5 million annually to local nonprofits, an amount that is matched by the Dake Family Foundations.

The library has been the recipient of a number of donations and grants since the Capital Campaign began in 2013.

In September, the Library’s Capital Campaign was awarded a $2 million state and municipal facilities grant by then-Sen. Hugh Farley, which was in addition to a $250,000 SAM grant previously secured by Sen. Farley, and a $75,000 commitment from the Frank E. Perrella Charitable Trust.

The campaign was awarded $1 million from the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation in October 2015.

In all, campaign commitments have now reached $8,127,290.

“We have begun the bid process and anticipate moving to the temporary quarters in March,” Madonna said in the release.

The library plans to overhaul the building, with every floor being upgraded and renovated.

Included in the plans is a 6,000-square-foot youth center and replacement of the original 110-year-old boiler. An elevator will be added to give all people access to all three levels of the building, and new meeting rooms will be created.

The project will take up to two years to complete.

“It’s a colossal but much-needed undertaking,” Madonna said, noting that the Library has never been fully renovated since it opened in 1904. “Delivering 21st-century library services in a 19th-century building is a challenge,” Madonna said.

Christine Pesses, president of the trustees and campaign co-chair stated in the news release that the Library will become a true community center.

“We will be able to hold concerts in the Carnegie Room and provide meeting space for organizations and businesses in the newly accessible upstairs rooms,” she said.

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