The little library in Shutesbury, MA, has a goal — raise $1.4 million by June 30 so they can get a state-matching grant for another 60%, giving them enough money to build something much larger than their 900 sq. ft. facility. This video shows the wonderful readers in Shutesbury and captures some of their hopes.

The smell of books, the hope of finding one that will open a new world, and friends sharing. What could be better?

To donate, just visit the M. N. Spear Memorial Library’s Web site. They take PayPal.

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Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson is the CEO of RedLink and RedLink Network, a past-President of SSP, and the founder of the Scholarly Kitchen. He has worked as Publisher at AAAS/Science, CEO/Publisher of JBJS, Inc., a publishing executive at the Massachusetts Medical Society, Publishing Director of the New England Journal of Medicine, and Director of Medical Journals at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Opinions on social media or blogs are his own.

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2 Thoughts on "A Little Library Can Make a Big Difference — With Your Help"

Libraries are exceedingly important and necessary-I cannot stress this enough. I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and numerous people use the great services of many Libraries throughout the City. I think Libraries bring a vast amount of such useful services and resources to many people-regardless of their age, gender, profession, etc-anyone can appreciate and use a Library-many people in fact do.

We just moved into our new 10,000 s.f. library from our 4000 s.f. library built with support from 3 levels of government and after 7 years of dreaming and planning. The public response to our new facility is WOW! It has energized the staff and the community now values its library even more.
I once worked in an 846s.f. library. It was amazing what we could accomplish in that space but it was a constant challenge. However, it was the attachment that people formed for that little old building that made it possible to dream big. That community now has a 6500 s.f. library with every inch in use.
Best wishes,

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