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UB Foundation Massachusetts Donates $50K to the West Springfield Public Library

UB Foundation Massachusetts Donates $50K to the West Springfield Public Library

The United Bank Foundation Massachusetts, Inc. announced today that they will dedicate $50,000 to the West Springfield Public Library to help fulfill its goal of expanding literacy programs for young adults who utilize the library. The $50,000 from the Foundation, which will be granted at $10,000 for five years, is the sole funding source for this literacy initiative.
 
The library will be investing the funding in their existing literacy-focused programming to expand their focus to young adults. As the program progresses, they anticipate further expansion into multilingual literacy for early childhood, English for speakers of other languages and tutoring for elementary students. The library also has plans to integrate career and financial literacy for adults and expects all of these literacy programs to be active by 2020.
 
“Regardless of how much technology continues to evolve, libraries will always remain a relied upon and resourceful destination for people of all ages who are looking for various programs and services that only their local library can offer,” said Dena M. Hall, Western Mass Regional President, Chief Marketing Officer and President of the United Bank Foundation Massachusetts. “Many of us at United Bank have witnessed first-hand the library’s exciting transformation in recent years. That’s why we continue to be generous supporters of the library and want to help them fulfill their mission of helping area residents obtain the information they need to meet their personal, educational, and professional goals.  
 
The West Springfield Public Library recently went through an expansion that has increased their space from 19,300 square feet to 36,680 gross square feet. They now feature a large community room accessible after hours for public events, distance learning and meetings.
 
In 2015, the West Springfield Public Library had 242,684 items in circulation and 150,000 patron visits.  The library has more than 17,000 cardholders, with almost 60% being West Springfield residents.  They offer programs ranging from free education and information activities for young people, to family story time, teen programs and seasonal reading programs.  Monthly cultural programs, displays by local artists, visits from local authors, computer classes and lunch time music hours are all part of the library’s commitment to serving a diverse audience and meeting the needs of the West Springfield community.
 
The library has also hired a Young Adult Librarian to provide services in the newly-designed teen department. This resource will be used to help empower teens to build and maintain literacy skills by connecting them to the right reading materials, to manage and navigate through emerging computer and Internet technologies, and to provide programming that will address their academic and personal needs.
 
This is the third year that the United Bank Foundation has made a contribution to the West Springfield Public Library.
 
For more information about the United Bank Foundation Massachusetts or the Bank’s charitable giving programs, go to www.bankatunited.com.  To learn about the West Springfield Public Library, please visit www.wspl.org.  
 
Photo Caption: At the check presentation, pictured from left to right are: Dena Hall (Western Mass Regional President, United Bank); Carol Hegeman (Library Trustee);  Toni Golinski-Foisy (Library Director); Anne Dempsey (Library Trustee); Carol Moore Cutting (United Bank Board Member, Bank Foundation Chair); and Jen DeBarge (United Bank).