On Thursday, January 24, 2019, The Friends of the Goodnow Library received a $15,000 grant from the Middlesex Savings Bank. Alice Levine, president of the Friends and Susan Pettit, vice president, accepted the gift on behalf of the organization at a reception held at Middlesex Savings Bank headquarters in Westborough, MA. This grant will be used to expand the Friends annual support of programming and resources not included in the annual town budget for the Goodnow Library in Sudbury.
“Local libraries play a major role in making our communities the special places they are, said Mike McAuliffe, president and CEO of Middlesex Savings Bank. “They provide important resources that residents of all ages can utilize and enjoy. We are pleased to be making this gift to support all that they do.”
The $15,000 gift to The Friends of the Goodnow Library is part of a cumulative gift of $1.4 million that Middlesex Savings Bank distributed to 84 nonprofit organizations including libraries, food pantries, and senior centers within the Bank’s retail branch territory.
On Sunday, November 18, 2018, the Friends of the Goodnow Library hosted an Ensemble from the Klezmer Conservatory Band. An enthusiastic audience enjoyed a rousing afternoon of Klezmer music. With a repertoire ranging from Yiddish standards to toe-tapping dance medleys and little known gems, the KCBs musicians provided a very entertaining musical afternoon.
Featured performers included: bass player Jim Guttmann, accordionist Michael McLaughlin, violinist Yaeko Miranda-Elmaleh, and vocalist Rhoda Bernard.
Congratulations to Sarah Hubbell, the winner of the $100 Amazon gift card for our October Membership drive drawing. Thanks to everyone for joining and renewing your membership which enables the Friends to continue to provide enriching programming to our library community.
The Friends of the Goodnow Library held "An Evening with Jenna Blum, internationally bestselling author of The Lost Family." The evening was hosted by Deborah Norkin, food writing editor for Pangyrus literary magazine.
Jenna Blum is the bestselling author of the novels Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers, as well as the novella The Lucky Ones in the collection Grand Central. People Magazine has called Jenna’s third novel, The Lost Family, “an exquisite page turner.” Jenna’s novels have been published in more than 20 countries. She is one of Oprah’s Top Thirty Women Writers.
The fifth annual Friends' Teamwork Trivia night was a SOLD OUT success!
Congratulations to the the winning team, "Eight is Enough," for a job well done. And congratulations also to our 50/50 raffle winner.
Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors and to all the participants. Looking forward to more "Friend"-ly competition next year.
Once again, our Garden Volunteers did a great job planting and maintaining the library entry gardens. Each summer seems to bring its own unique weather challenges, and we are very grateful for the work that each volunteer does to keep the plants healthy and blooming. This year we added a new bed of flowers along the walkway and did some transplanting.
Your efforts do not go unnoticed. Library patrons really appreciate the splash of color that the gardens bring to the entrance, and we receive many compliments on your work.
On behalf of the Friends, thank you to Helen du Toit, John Iberg, Jo Travers, Bethanne Hinkle, Laura Dowling, Claudia Miller, and Ingrid Mayyasi for their continued efforts. Many thanks to our new garden volunteers, Betsy Nikula, Joanne Phillips, and Lisa Cornacchia. We are very happy to welcome you to our team of gardeners.
Alice Levine and Susan Pettit
Garden Committee Co-chairs
You can help keep our library vibrant by volunteering your time and talent.
Volunteers help with activities like planning programs, organizing book sales, and maintaining the library’s entry gardens.