When Charlotte Bloomberg died last June at 102, the Medford community reverberated with the loss.
Locals remembered a compassionate woman who never broke the strong connection to her hometown. She lived in the same house, went to the same hairdresser, and took out books from the Medford Public Library.
So when her son, Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire financial news magnate and New York City mayor, asked that friends donate to the library in her memory, some high-powered associates heeded the call.
Now the library plans to renovate an aging children's wing with $20,000 it received from friends and associates of the Bloombergs, the New York Times reported Monday, including a handful of checks from large New York corporations.
A local artist has been contracted to design and carve colorful wood paneling in her memory that will adorn the wing's walls.
The library now has the backing of the Bloomberg philanthropy program, which has offered support for the library's future plans, the Times reported.
It is not the first time Bloomberg's generosity has found Medford. According to the Times, he had given $27,000 to the public schools, $127,000 to a local orchestra, $100,000 to a local hospital, and $1.5 million to Temple Shalom, where the family were founding members.