Yale University President Peter Salovey, and New Haven Mayor Toni Harp jointly hosted a press conference this afternoon at the Stetson Library on Dixwell avenue.
The two most influential decision makers in the city announced the launch of a $2 million campaign to subsidize the move of the famed library to planned Dixwell Q house that is currently under construction, campaign organizers hope to build a state of the art version of the Stetson library in the Q center when it opens.
Mayor Harp has expressed a strong willingness support public libraries, and in her remarks talked about her fondness for the idea of people who need somewhere to go, “somewhere warm, can visit our soup kitchens, and then come here to read and learn”
While Mayor Harp, and Mr. Salovey are honorary co-chairs of the fundraiser, the campaign is actually run by New Haven community leaders, educators and library personnel.
The effort is led by Elise B. Chapman, the President of the New Haven Free Public Library Foundation Board of Directors, as well as Michael Morand, and Althea Norcott.
Campaign organizers announced that they are already halfway to their goal of $2 million with Yale University pledging $250,000, and an unknown donor donating $750,000.
When pressed by Tastie Fish to reveal the identity of the second donor, Michael Morand declined to answer, and made it clear the person or people that donated 3 quarters of a million dollars would remain anonymous.
Stetson Library will benefit tremendously from both the campaign, and the full support Yale University and the Mayor’s office.
The library is in need of an upgrade, and city planners intend to give the new branch “state of the art technology” that will allow the 11,000 citizens that use the library to have a more meaningful experience.
The Stetson library is a pillar of this community already, but with the money generated by the campaign, and brand new digs at the Dixwell “Q” House, Stetson will become a “cornerstone” according to Elise Chapman.
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