Library Gets $20K Donation


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Thanks to the many generous donations from members of the community, the Friends of the Verona Public Library recently presented its largest gift: $20,000. The Verona Public Library (VPL) will use this gift to upgrade its public computers, fund the children’s, young adult and adult programs, upgrade databases, purchase museum passes, and more.

The Friends of the Verona Public Library is a nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to supporting the VPL. Its primary fundraising is through its annual appeal and book sales, which are supported by book donations from the community.

“The library is such an important part of Verona. We are delighted to support its incredible work and are grateful to all those who donated financially and through countless hours of volunteer service,” said Mindy Rosenthal, president of the Friends. “This tremendous outpouring of support underscores the role the library plays in serving all of Verona,” she added.

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“Thanks to the support and funding of the Friends, VPL continues to provide outstanding programs and services to the community of Verona,” said Claudine Pascale, Director of the Verona Public Library. “All of the funding for our programming comes from the Friends. This gift will support children’s literacy programs, including Summer Reading (Oceans of Possibilities) and a newly revamped 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Additionally, the help of the Friends will pay for the annual hosting fee for the VHS digital yearbook collection, Encyclopedia Britannica database, and the soon-to-be-revealed “Library of Things” collection in 2022.”

The Friends of the Verona Public Library is an all-volunteer organization, and is looking for new members to play an active role on its Board. For more information, please visit

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