Sharon St.Hilaire Public Service Award
The Seekonk Library Trust created the award as a way to recognize long and distinguished service to the Town of Seekonk by a public employee or community volunteer. The award is named for its first recipient, Sharon St. Hilaire, who served as Director of the Seekonk Public Library for thirty-four years. In addition to her library service, Ms. St. Hilaire played a prominent role in the development of the Seekonk Meadows, a recreation area that was created on the site of a closed landfill. Ms. St. Hilaire accepted the first award at a ceremony in August 2011, which appropriately was held at a library sponsored concert on the Seekonk Meadows.
Facts About the Library Trust
What is the Seekonk Library Trust?
The Seekonk Library Trust was established in 1987 to accept, hold and manage donations and bequests to the Seekonk Public Library in support of the Library’s long term needs.
Who oversees the Trust?
The Trust is managed by a Board of Trustees consisting of seven members, five of whom are appointed by the Board of Library Trustees, one by the Friends of the Seekonk Public Library and one by the Town Moderator.
Charlene Mullen, Chairperson
Edward Galvin, Treasurer
Mari-Ann Oliveira, Trustees
Frank DuValley, Trustees
Ana Saul Sykes, Trustees Christina McKenrick, Trustees Renee Shield, Trustees
What does the Trust do with the funds it receives?
The Trust seeks to build, over time, an endowment that will provide significant financial support for the Library. The Library competes for the financial support of the Library. The Trust augments services where needed. Recently Trust funds were used to improve youth services to teens.
The goal of the Trust is to develop the financial resources needed to expand current Library services, permit the introduction of new services, and make the capital investments in the building and equipment needed.
Are Contributions to the Trust deductible?
The Trust is designated by the Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions to the trust are tax deductible.
Can donations or bequests be made for a specific reason?
Yes, donations or bequests can be made for specific purposes if desired. For example, gifts could support the library endowment, building expansion and renovation or the proposed library park. One particularly satisfying way to give is to make a donation or bequest in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one who was or is an avid reader or frequent user of the Library.
How can bequests to the Seekonk Library Trust be made by will?
Your will can bequeath a stated sum or percentage of your estate by specifically mentioning the Seekonk Library trust. For instance, your will could state ”I hereby bequeath ten percent (10%) of the residue of my estate to the Seekonk Library Trust located in Seekonk, Massachusetts, for its general uses and purposes.”
Where can I get information about the Trust?
For information concerning establishing bequests or making gifts, please leave your name and phone number with a member of the Library staff and someone from the Trust will contact you promptly.