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  • City honors Dover Rotary for $75k donation to Dover Library Children’s Room

    DOVER – Dover Public Library staff and other city officials were finally able to publicly thank the Rotary Club of Dover for their $75,000 donation to upgrade the Children’s Room in the library at an event Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 in the McConnell Center Cafeteria.
    The event was initially scheduled for March but postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    The Children’s Room upgrade was two years in the making with two separate donations from the Rotary Club. It started first with a $25,000 gift, followed by another $50,000. The money was used to purchase updated shelving, new furniture, and create family play areas for the Children’s Room.
    “It’s one of my favorite places in the library to go,” said Library Director Denise LaFrance about the Children’s Room, noting her mood always brightens after visiting it.
    Current Rotary Club President Jim Munroe and Past President Noreen Biehl expressed how the donation helped further the club’s goals.
    “Literacy is one of the Rotary’s main objectives in the Dover area,” Biehl said. “It’s one of our biggest initiatives.”
    Biehl said the project began two years ago when she approached now-retired Library Director Cathy Beaudoin to inquire if there were any non-budgeted projects the Rotary Club could assist in making a reality. Through that process, they came up with the plan to upgrade the Children’s Room. Beaudoin, who retired at the end of March after working at the library for 44 years – 20 years as director – was also in attendance Thursday.
    Dover Mayor Robert Carrier expressed his gratitude to the Rotary Club’s ongoing support to the City. “I can’t thank you guys enough,” he said.
    LaFrance encouraged the Rotary Club members to return to the Children’s Room after the building’s limited capacity limits are lifted to see how their donations positively affect area children.
    “It just looks wonderful,” LaFrance said about the upgrades. “We are thrilled the Rotary Club shares our passion for supporting our youngest members.”