The Ferguson Library was recently awarded $55,000 through a series of grants from the Pitney Bowes Foundation, the Louis J. Casale Jr. Charitable Foundation and the First County Bank Foundation that will support services offered at the library.
Of the total amount, $35,000 came from the Pitney Bowes Foundation to underwrite Sunday hours at the Main Library until the end of the summer. The funds will guarantee that the library remains open to the public during one of its busiest days of the week.
The Louis J. Casale Jr. Charitable Foundation donated $10,000 to support Youth Services, the latest in a series of gifts over the last several years that enable the library to buy books and other materials for its children and teen collections.
The $10,000 grant from the First County Bank Foundation will support the development of the Main Library’s new Collaboration Center, a state-of-the-art space that will serve artists, makers, founders and entrepreneurs of all ages by offering access to maker technology—fabrication tools, digital media and archival services—and workshops and demonstrations on those tools already in the space.
“We are enormously grateful to these partners for their commitment to the library and the work we do,” said Ferguson Library CEO Alice Knapp. “All of them understand the important role private business plays in supporting the library and other nonprofits in the Stamford community.”