Belfast Free Library wins Bangor Savings Bank’s 2014 Community Matters More program

Jun 21, 2014
From left are Bangor Savings Bank Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager Chris Lobley, Belfast Free Library Teen Library Assistant Gemma Laser, Belfast Free Library Director Steve Norman, and Bangor Savings Bank Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager Cathy Reynolds.

The Belfast Free Library has received a $1,000 donation as a winning write-in candidate in Bangor Savings Bank’s 2014 Community Matters More program. For the seventh straight year, the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation through its Community Matters More program is donating $100,000 to nonprofit organizations across Maine. More than 86,000 Mainers voted this past February for the organizations they care about. Based on the votes cast, 68 organizations have been awarded grants.

The donation to the library is earmarked for the new Teen Space renovation project, which has moved the young adult collection and seating into a separate cozy spot on the second floor of the library. The Teen Space renovations are practically finished now, with only the computers and electronic equipment remaining to be installed.

Teen Library Assistant, Gemma Laser, spearheaded the effort to get out the vote for the Community Matters More balloting. She will be organizing programs and providing guidance for augmented teen offerings at the library. She would like to thank everyone who helped make this campaign a success.

“We are grateful to Bangor Savings Bank and to all of the community members who voted for the library,"  Laser said. "We wouldn't have won without your fantastic support!"

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