January 21, 2021

Public Libraries: Palo Alto Library Foundation Donates $1.9M For Furnishings at Renovated Library

From the Palo Alto Daily News: When construction wraps up at the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center next year, its contents will be just as new. The Palo Alto Library Foundation presented the city council with a $1.9 million check Monday night to fill the renovated facility with brand-new “furnishings, fixtures and equipment.” “I […]

Big Bucks! Mystery Donor leaves $1M to a Connecticut Public Library

From the AP (via NECN) The Republican-American of Waterbury reports the surprise donation from the estate of 90-year-old Lu Burke more than doubled the Southbury Public Library’s endowment fund. Library officials say Burke never served on the library’s board and none of the employees knew her, but they’ve learned she had worked as a copy […]

New York Resident Donates Collection of 2,000 Cookbooks to Syracuse University Library

From the Syracuse Post-Standard: For decades, Joan Green hid a secret in the basement of her Cazenovia [NY] home. Stacked on a series of ever-expanding shelves sat row after row of cookbooks. French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, anything Julia Child and newer additions from famed Food Network chefs like Ina Garten and Mario Batali: Green […]