Charlestown Library is the Recipient of $10,000 Bequest

March 14, 2013
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The Cheryl A. Stafford Trust has bequeathed $10,000 to the Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library. The generous gift was accepted with thanks and appreciation on March 12 during a meeting of the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees.

A longtime resident of Charlestown, Cheryl A. Stafford had a passion for reading and love of literature. She served several terms on the Friends of the Charlestown Branch executive board. Ms. Stafford graduated from the Framingham State University Food and Nutrition program in 2006. She was the first recipient of the Martinuzzi Scholarship Fund for outstanding academic achievement. Before receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, Ms. Stafford worked for twenty years at Wellington Management as a technical analyst.

“Ms. Stafford’s gift is a wonderful legacy that will benefit the patrons of the Charlestown Branch and will honor her memory for many years to come,” said Amy E. Ryan, President of Boston Public Library.

The gift from the Cheryl A. Stafford Trust will be used to purchase enhancements for the branch’s early literacy nook and adult computer area as well as new multimedia shelving, display shelves, and book trucks.

The Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library is located at 179 Main Street in Charlestown.

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