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Somers Library gets new furniture


The Friends of the Somers Library is getting lots of praise for buying new chairs for the library in Reis Park. The group held a fundraiser in September with the help of the League of Women Voters.

Shown above admiring the new blue chairs from left to right are Meta Walter, Vice President Friends of the Somers Library;  Carol Sturtz, League of Women Voters;  and Pat Miller, Director of the Somers Library.

With the public’s  support through the purchase of baked goods, raffle tickets, and books on Library Day, co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters in September, the Friends were able to purchase 13 navy chairs, four navy/gold club chairs, and a loveseat.

“The style is smart and comfortable and the furniture is made in the United States. They look terrific and are a welcome change to the 30-year old sagging chairs that used to occupy that space,” reads a press release announcing the new decor. “So come on in, have a seat and do a puzzle, browse through a magazine, meet up with a friend, utilize the free WiFi, or curl up with a good book! We welcome you!”

(Photo courtesy of Somers Library)

Posted by Barbara Nackman on Monday, February 6th, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
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