Burnham Library celebrates new youth corner and program

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The Savage family and community members gather for the unveiling of the Susan Flatow Savage Memorial Reading Corner, in the Children’s Department of the Burnham Library in Colchester. Susan and Stuart Savage’s son Andrew and his daughter Isabelle, center, cut the dedication ribbon. Pictured from left to right: Kelly Tomaseski, Dawn Francis, Libby Davidson, Isabelle and Andrew Savage, Maureen Dakin and Bob Henneberger. OLIVER PARINI PHOTOGRAPHY


On Monday at noon, the Burnham Memorial Library hosted the official unveiling of the Susan Flatow Savage Memorial Reading Corner in the children’s room. In January of last year, the Savage family of Colchester announced a $10,000 donation in honor of Susan Flatow Savage, who passed away in September after battling cancer. The library used the funds to renovate its downstairs children’s area and enhance programs for young readers.

“Thanks to the generosity of the family and friends of library patron Sue Savage, we have been able to enhance our youth area in so many ways,” read a press release welcoming community members to the dedication. Some of the funds were used to expand the Reading buddies program so that it may be offered to library patrons year round.

The dedication event also showcased new artwork by Tracey Campbell Pearson, a staircase mural by Libby Davidson, a bookcase by Andrew Blodgett and new pieces of comfortable furniture at the library.