Hopkinton Public Library Receives Grant From Staples

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January 21, 2014, Hopkinton, Mass. – Hopkinton Public Library Foundation (HPLF) has been awarded $5,000 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., under a new program that lets Staples associates direct donations.

Hopkinton resident, Rob Ajemian, nominated HPLF for the grant as part of a program that allows Staples associates to direct funding to non-profit organizations focused on education or job skills. "When I learned of the library renovation and expansion project," said Rob, "I knew that Staples could and would want to be of assistance. I was truly pleased to ask."

“Hopkinton Public Library Foundation is extremely grateful to Rob for his recommendation, and to Staples Foundation for its gift of $5,000,” said Laura Barry, HPLF Chairperson. “These funds will support the expansion and state-of-the-art renovation of Hopkinton Public Library, building a spacious, modern and accessible library for Hopkinton’s over 15,000 residents.”

In 2012, Staples associates in the U.S. directed more than $1.4 million of Staples Foundation grants to 434 local non-profit organizations. The new program, called 2 Million & Change, will award additional funds to organizations around the world, reaching more than $2 million in grants for the year. “Staples Foundation is committed to making a positive impact in the communities where our associates live and work,” said Katy Dobbs, director of global community relations for Staples, Inc. “Through our new program, we are pleased to support our associates and the local non-profit organizations that matter to them most.”

About the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation
The Hopkinton Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in September 2011. Its mission is to raise private funds to support the restoration, expansion and state-of-the-art renovation of Hopkinton Public Library. In addition to the $4.5 million grant awarded to the Town of Hopkinton by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), funds raised by HPLF will defray the Town’s cost of restoring, renovating and expanding the library’s historic building. In 2011, the MBLC approved Hopkinton’s plan for the renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Public Library and awarded Hopkinton a $4.5 million Library Construction Grant, approximately 45% of the $10.2 million total cost of the library building project. Hopkinton currently is #4 on the waiting list to receive these state construction funds. Once completed, Hopkinton Public Library will provide a modern, accessible facility that meets the current and future needs of the community, while preserving and highlighting the architectural features of the beloved original building. For more information about HPLF’s mission, please visit the HPLF website at www.hplfinc.org. Contributions to Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc., can be mailed to P.O. Box 16, Woodville, MA 01784, or made online at www.hplfinc.org.

About Staples Community and Giving
Staples contributes to educational and youth-oriented community efforts, from literacy and mentoring to career skills development, through in-kind and monetary donations and grants from Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc. Through its community and giving efforts, Staples and Staples Foundation have helped more than 6,000 organizations in 2,000 communities across 27 countries. Community and Giving is also an integral component of Staples Soul, which recognizes the connection between long-term business success and the impact Staples has on associates, communities and the planet. For more information, visit www.staples.com/community.