MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Library Foundation's Capital Campaign received $300,000 from the Women's Club of Maplewood on Thursday, the first major gift since the campaign began on Feb. 22, according to a release from the Maplewood Library.

The capital campaign is raising funds to renovate the main Maplewood Library "that will serve the community for generations to come," according to the release. 

According to the release, the Woman’s Club of Maplewood, has always shown a strong commitment to lifelong learning and has supported the mission of the Maplewood Memorial Library to provide free and equal access to information. For many years the Woman’s Club has supported children’s programs and collections, and have been a major sponsor of the Maplewood Ideas Festival.

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“The Woman’s Club’s activity and involvement helped shape Maplewood during its periods of growth in the 20th century, and they are now continuing their support into the 21st century," said Sarah Lester, Director of the Maplewood Library.

"Our community will benefit greatly from their generous gift to the Foundation," said Lester, adding, "With their support and the support of many others in our community, the library will be accessible, inspiring and technologically advanced for years to come.”

In thanking the Woman’s Club for their donation, Foundation President Ben Cohen said, “The strength of Maplewood, and what I love about this town, has always been its people—people like you, the members of the Woman’s Club. We intend to build this 21st Century Library for all the people of Maplewood, but it’s more than that. We’re building it for our children, our grandchildren and out great-grandchildren. Your generosity will help us create a space that will enhance our community for generations.”

More information and proposed plans for the new facility can be found on the Foundation's Website.

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