Resident pledges $100k for library renovation


A local philanthropist has provided a boost to the public library’s plans to renovate and expand its Pleasant Street building. John Flaherty pledged $100,000 towards the project, according to Kathleen O’Doherty, the library’s director. The state Board of Library Commissioners in 2011 approved Woburn to receive $9.9 million for the project, preliminarily estimated to cost $24.5 million. The city is now third on a waiting list among libraries to receive their grants once the state money becomes available. The library is hoping to cover of the remainder of the project costs through private dollars and city funds, and is continuing to seek private donations. Flaherty, a Woburn resident and chief executive of ADA Solutions in Chelmsford, has donated to other causes in Woburn, most recently funding the entire $650,000 cost of building the new veterans’ memorial on the common. “We are very grateful he considered the library as a worthy recipient of his philanthropy,” O’Doherty said. She said the library is hopeful his contribution “will spur on more donations.”

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