Stritch Joins in the Celebration of a Milestone at Maywood Public Library

News Archive December 04, 2012

Stritch Joins in the Celebration of a Milestone at Maywood Public Library

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Public libraries are much more than buildings full of books. As Loretta Brown, longtime resident of Maywood and tireless community activist says, they are vital community centers. They are safe havens for children to study, computer labs where job seekers can learn office skills and access Internet job boards, and lively learning centers offering programs for all ages.

That’s why Ms. Brown and hundreds of other citizens of Maywood were especially cheery December 1. Not only was the Maywood Public Library decked with green and red holiday décor, it glowed just a little bit as Library Director Stan Huntington stood on a stairway landing and put a match to the building’s bond to formally celebrate its final payment. The document had been ceremoniously presented to him on a platter, rolled and tied with a ribbon. And as the paper turned to ashes, the crowd in the atrium applauded approval.

Joining in the applause was Linda Brubaker, MD, MS, dean of Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Brubaker was on hand to help seal the bond-burning deal with a check for $500 from Stritch.

“We at Loyola Stritch are proud to be a part of Maywood,” Dr. Brubaker said. “We believe a community with good educational opportunities is a healthy community, so we enthusiastically support the wonderful work of the Maywood Public Library."

She noted that Stritch students have led health and nutrition educational programs at the library, and will continue to do so.

Huntington and members of the library board, led by President  Rose Mosley, thanked Stritch for its support and gratefully accepted the check. Even as public libraries in other urban areas have closed amid economic challenges, the future for Maywood’s library – and the entire community – seems brighter today, thanks to the foresight of local voters and taxpayers and the commitment  of institutions like Stritch.

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