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Pepperell Resident Issues Challenge to Benefit Lawrence Library


Lawrence Library in Pepperell has until December 15th to meet a $1,000 challenge issued by Pepperell resident and library patron Diane Murphy to install floor coverings to protect the building's newly refinished hardwood floors. Diane will match donations of $20 or more up to $1,000.

In July 2008, the library, using no town funds, began the process of preserving the building's original hardwood floors. The carpeting that had covered these floors had become a liability to the town as determined by the town's insurance adjuster and needed to be removed. To accomplish this required the complete vacating of the 3 rooms which housed the adult fiction, large print, magazine and newspapers collections, a total of over 15,000 items. The project was put out to bid, and the contract was awarded to Flawless Floors of Pepperell. When the project was completed and the floors were restored to their original beauty, the library was informed that steps should be taken to protect high traffic areas because the floors would likely not withstand another sanding and refinishing.

Last fall Ms. Murphy generously donated $1,000 to help start raising the funds for floor coverings to help protect and preserve the beauty of the original floors. The Friends of the library have raised an additional $1,400 or one third of the expected cost.

Please join Diane and the many others who have donated to the fund to ensure that this historic asset is enjoyed for many years to come by sending your donation of $20.00 (or whatever you can afford) to: The Friends of Lawrence Library, c/o Lawrence Library, 15 Main Street, Pepperell, MA 01463. All donations are tax deductible. If you have questions please call Debra Spratt, Library Director at 978-433-0330 or email


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