March 10, 2017

Raymond Village Library Challenge Grant success: $4000 raised for renovations

In January, the library announced office remodeling plans, in response to a funding offer from a supportive anonymous donor. To create a more open space, walls will be removed and the lighting improved. New cabinetry will add improved storage, and staff will be welcoming patrons from a redesigned circulation desk. 

The Board of Trustees also saw the opportunity to remodel its restroom during this renovation project.  Another generous donor proposed a Challenge Grant of $2000, and the Raymond Village Library met the challenge goal in 7 weeks. The $2000 will be matched, so $4000 is now available for creating a more accessible space. The restroom will be expanded, plumbing relocated, new door hardware and grab bars installed.

“The support of the library community has been tremendous,” said Board President Sheila Bourque. “The caring shown by our town residents was heartwarming. They really came through. The Board is dedicated to earning the trust they have placed in us.”

“The library is dedicated to providing access to all of its patrons,” said Library Director Allison Griffin.  “Our Board has worked hard to make this project successful.” 

The library invites you to follow its progress via its e-newsletter or website: ( To join the newsletter mailing list, email:

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