NATICK — The Trustees of the Bacon Free Library recently announced the launch of the Bacon Free Library Capital Campaign with a kickoff event scheduled to coincide with the BFL Summer Reading Kickoff Party at 6 p.m. June 18 at the library, 58 Eliot St.

Children’s singer and songwriter Stacey Peasley will perform, and further information regarding the capital campaign will be available.

The first phase of the BFL capital campaign, which totals $255,000, focuses on the replacement of the existing and failing library windows with more historically accurate and energy-efficient windows as well as the repair and redesign of the interior space.

The Bacon Free Library first began in the parlor of Sarah Griffin Bacon’s home in the 1800s as the Ladies Social Circle Library. After she passed away, her husband, Oliver Bacon, obtained the land where the library is sited and first built a small library. When Oliver Bacon later passed away in 1878, his will established a trust to build and operate a more substantial structure, which is still the current Bacon Free Library building. In 1908, the Massachusetts legislature passed a statute forming the library as a charitable corporation.

While the town of Natick has provided financial support for the library services since 1951, including salaries of the library director and staff and financial support for the collection, operating costs, maintenance and upkeep of the library building are the responsibility of the nonprofit corporation. The library relies on donors and volunteers to operate. Charitable contributions and the library endowment fund the library programming and building maintenance and improvements, while volunteers help with programs and special events.

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