A group of Arlington resident is launching a fundraising efforts to stock the shelves of the library named after late Town Meeting Member Bill Shea at the new Thompson Elementary School.
The “Books for Bill” campaign is being led by friends and colleagues of Shea, who died in July after years of public service in Arlington, including tenures as members of town meeting, the human rights commission and the permanent building committee.
Arlington’s School Committee is naming the library at the new Thompson Elementary School after Shea, and construction of the new school is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2013.
To ensure the library is well-stocked, the “Books for Bill” Committee, chaired by John Cole and former Selectwoman Clarissa Rowe, is seeking donations from $49 to $10,000 and above for the school library. Contributors will be recognized at a “Books for Bill” event in the spring of 2013.
According to the committee, donations can be sent to Liza Halley at 94 Grafton St., Arlington, MA, 02474. Checks should be made out to the Town of Arlington with “Books for Bill” donation, Thompson School noted on the memo line.