Mrs. Norma Hart, a Hudson resident and one of the founders of The History Room at the Hudson Area Library, has been honored by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library through their gift in her memory.
The volunteer organization has taken advantage of “naming opportunities” available in the new Library and designated $20,000 as a named gift for History Room furnishings and cabinets in honor of Mrs. Hart.
“Besides being instrumental in the formation of the History Room, she was also very active in the Children’s Room for many years,” said Friends President Nancy Westbrook. “It is important to The Friends and community that she be honored for her dedication to Hudson Area Library patrons.”
Naming opportunities create a permanent recognition to honor an organization, a family, family member(s) or to create a memorial to someone of note in the community. Through a pledge at a specified level, a donor or group may take advantage of the opportunity to name a room, area, computer or furnishing. At the Hudson Area Library, for example, the Circulation Desk has been named in memory of local resident Rachel (Borrelle) Sheffer. An engraved plaque in her memory will remain affixed to the desk in perpetuity.
“This is a wonderful way to honor, Norma,” said Board President Mark Orton. “She was a fixture at the Library for many years. Keeping her memory alive in The History Room, particularly in our new space, would have made her very happy.”
The Friends of the Hudson Area Library was founded in 1999 as an organization to enhance library services for the communities of Hudson and Greenport.Their independent fundraising provides additional monies for programs and books and other media to enhance the Library’s collection.