E.C. Scranton Memorial Library fundraiser July 29

Donohue’s Madison Beach Grille will host a fundraiser for the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library. Organizers of the event include, from left, Michael Perry, Madison Neighbors Magazine publisher; Pat Todd, Tuxedo Junction; Patrick Donahue, owner, Donahue's; Beth Coyne, president, Scranton Memorial Library Board; and Bill Stableford, trustee, Scranton Memorial Library Board.

MADISON — They say it takes a village and the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library is hoping everyone in the “village” joins it in a lively fundraiser with food, drink and live music.

The money raised will help go toward the library’s annual operating fund. While 85 percent of this budget item comes from the Town of Madison, the remainder is raised through fundraisers such as this one.

Support Your Local, Support Your Library takes place Monday, July 29 from 6 to 9 p.m., Donohue’s Madison Beach Grille, 1320 Boston Post Road, Madison. Tickets are $40.

For more information visit scrantonlibrary.org or call 203-245-7365.

The operating budget is used for library programs, staffing and overall operating costs to keep the doors open at the library.

While the Scranton Library is currently undergoing a two-year renovation, library services are continuing at a temporary location, 1250 Durham Road, Madison.

“What’s important is that there is staff in place, in order to plan for the opening of the library that will happen sometime next year,” said Nicole Wiles, Scranton Library trustee and chairwoman of the development committee.

“We want to continue to provide library services and programming to the residents of Madison, so we need to fundraise for that so that we can continue to provide those services and we can continue to keep the library open for the hours it is open at the temporary location.”

Hosting a fundraiser like this is important as a local business, Donohue’s Madison Beach Grille owner Patrick Donohue said.

“It makes me feel great and people truly appreciate it,” he said. “These things have to be done in order to move forward.

“I don’t consider it a major donation. I consider it my small part in a joint effort by the whole community to do this.”

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