Since its incorporation as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 1995, the Thomas Crane Public Library Foundation has raised private funding to support excellence and innovation in the facilities, services and programs of the Thomas Crane Public Library.
Long Overdue: renewing the North Quincy Library
After 54 years of enthusiastic use, the North Quincy Branch Library needs a makeover, including a new floor plan to meet the needs of the 21st century, and replacement of dated and worn furnishings. In 2018, the Foundation's Long Overdue campaign raised funds to purchase new tables, chairs and shelving for all ages at this popular neighborhood library. To contribute to this effort, make a donation online.
The Chair Affair
In 2015, the Foundation raised over $40,000 to purchase 100 beautiful, comfortable and sturdy Colt lowback chairs for adult areas at the Main Library. Manufactured by O&G Studio, a small New England furniture manufacturer that specializes in designs that synthesize "memory and invention" and classic motifs with modern designs, this 21st century version of the traditional Windsor chair is perfectly suited for the Main Library's new addition, which was conceived to blend old and new architectural ideas. Watch our award-winning three-minute video to see how much the Library needed new chairs!
Main Library Renovation & Expansion
From 1995 to 2000, the Foundation raised nearly $1 million in private donations for the 2001 expansion, renovation and restoration project of the Main Library. The project was carried out in two phases: the first, the renovation of the 1938 Coletti addition and the construction of a 55,000 square foot new addition, was completed in February 2001. The second phase, restoration of the 1882 National Historic Landmark H. H. Richardson building and its 1907 Aiken wing, was completed in October 2001.
Since 2014, the Foundation has provided annual funding from its endowment to further the Library’s strategic goals and initiatives.
Lifelong Learning, Fun & Enrichment
Inspiring curiosity, sparking imagination, nurturing a love of learning, and supporting individual growth for all ages.
Activities and supplies for Every Child Ready to Read early learning spaces at each library
Digital microfilm scanner/printer for local and family history research
Upgraded audio/visual equipment, including assistive listening, to enhance public programs in the Main Library community meeting room
Enhanced discovery of library materials with new display shelves and fixtures
Digital Access and Literacy
Connecting residents to the online world with the equipment, resources and training they need.
14 laptops for creative and learning activities for all ages at the Main Library
5 additional desktop computers and 5 new laptops for public use at the North Quincy Branch Library
Early literacy tablets for young children at the Adams Shore and Wollaston Branch Libraries
8-item fast-charging station for personal devices at the Main Library
Center for Community
Providing comfortable and welcoming spaces, and opportunities to engage and connect with others.
Reupholstered furnishings in the historic Richardson room
Additional study carrels at the Main Library
New tables for public computing and collaborative activities in the Main Library children’s room