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By press release, Friends of the Blackstone Library • 9/8/2021 11:41 AM EST

The Friends of Blackstone Library recently celebrated their annual volunteers in the newly renovated Blackstone Library auditorium and on the beautiful new Cosgrove Terrace. Members and volunteers attending the annual meeting were informed of the successful year they have been so generous in helping, donating over $ 82,000 to enrich library programs for adults and children in our community. Alfred Bertoline, representing the friends, presented a check for $ 20,000 to Karen Jensen, library director, to continue serving the needs of the Blackstone.

It has been announced that the friends will restart their traditional book sales in the country this fall, from Thursday, September 30th to Sunday, October 3rd. Given the recent pandemic, the topic will be: Celebrate Life With Books! A preview for Friends’ members will take place on Thursday, September 30th, 5-7pm. General sale that evening: Friday 7 pm-9pm; continues until Sunday, October 3rd. Sunday is Bag Day, on which you can refill our bags [provided by Friends] for $ 10.

Departing board members were honored for their many years of service. These included Paula Harrington, Hatsie Mahoney, and Gerry Reider. Thanks also went to Terry Twigg, Don Mitchell, and LouAnn Carocari for their pre-pandemic service.

At the reception, the approximately 60 participants were entertained by Alex Lew, a sophomore graduate of the Yale School of Music, who played acoustic guitar with Spanish classical and baroque pieces. Candid and posed photos were taken by Friends Publicity Chairman Alpha Coiro.

Suitable for the theme of the event Everything apricot, and the safe and healthy environment of the Blackstone Library, the Friends Membership Committee, consisting of Paula Harrington, Callista Stoddard, Mary Hally, and Judy Stebbins, Chairs, chose a mix of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine in bento boxes along with one To serve apricot, filled holiday cake and selected apricot spirits.

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