SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The East Forest Park Library in Springfield received a generous donation for its “Promise Realized” Campaign.

The campaign is a combination of state funding, local funding, and private funding. Thursday, the six children of former city Solicitor William White and his wife Patricia donated $200,000 to the campaign. In recognition of the family’s gift, the Library has named the Children’s Place in honor of William and Patricia White.

Springfield Library Director Molly Fogarty told 22News, the foundation has been touched by Springfield residents’ commitment to their library system, and this donation will have a massive impact.

“It helps with the building, helps with programming, our collections, our equipment it helps with it all. It’s a wonderful testament to the staff, the public cares so much the people care so much.” Molly Fogarty, Library Director.

According to Matt Blumenfeld, the Library Foundation’s Executive Director, the Promise Realized Campaign has now raised just over $1.65 million toward its $2 million goal to close out the campaign and complete the $9.5 million project

Construction on the East Forest Park Branch was completed in November 2019, and the facility opened to the community in December.