WINTHROP — The Campaign Team for the Bailey Library’s Expanding Our Boundaries capital campaign is in the final phase of fundraising. The campaign volunteers have reached 74 percent of the $1 million goal.

The community is invited to attend a celebration and official launch of the final phase of fundraising at the library from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 15.

It will be a festive occasion to mark this milestone in the capital campaign and share plans for the future of the library. There will be a brief program and all are welcome to view the architectural model and floor plan for the new addition. Library patrons, friends, supporters and community members are all encouraged to attend the celebration.

The new addition is one step closer to reality since the Masonic Hall adjacent to the library was demolished in mid-April. The open space makes way for construction to begin later this year on the addition.

The Bailey Public Library is a historic building that has served Winthrop and surrounding towns for more than 100 years, but was originally designed for a much smaller community.

The new expanded library will include space for special programming and community space, to make the library more accessible for people of all abilities, and to increase room for books, technology and quiet work space.

Built in 1916 through the generosity of Winthrop industrialist Charles M. Bailey, the rock-face and chiseled granite library was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

For more information about the fundraising project, visit or contact Mary Jane Auns at [email protected] or at 446-4348.

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