The Weston U. Friend Room is a meeting room located on the ground floor of the library next to the Children's Library which can accommodate up to 70-75 people. It is available for rent to groups for meetings or programs of an educational, cultural, or civic nature. No alcoholic beverages may be served on the premises.
Rent is $50 for the first three hours and $20 for every hour over three hours. Available for use with the rental of the room is a large pull down screen, overhead projector, a slide projector, a podium, and a television and VCR. Tables and chairs can be preset to suit most meeting configurations. A full kitchen is available near the Friend Room for $15.
The space is available for rent during library hours and use of the room is extended until 8:30 PM on those evenings when the library is open until 8 PM. Attendees at meetings must exit the building prior to 8:30 p.m. as the library doors will be locked at that time.
Those interested in booking the Friend Room should do so at least two weeks or more in advance to ensure availability. Contact the Reference Department (firstname.lastname@example.org, or 978-281-9763 ext 21) to reserve space. City Council and city government offices and committees are exempt from fees.
RENTAL FEES FROM THE FRIEND ROOM ARE
USED TO SUPPORT THE LIBRARY
The lobby entrance to the Sawyer Free Library was dedicated in June, 1995 to the memory of the late Adolph I. Matz, a very "generous and unassuming supporter" of the library for many, many years. An artist himself, Mr. Matz awarded money for art scholarships to students and his fondness for children led him to donate funds for children’s programs, supplies, and museum passes. In acknowledgment of his love of the arts and his desire to support the library as a valuable resource to the community of Gloucester, the entrance was dedicated as the Adolph I. Matz Art Gallery. Each month the gallery is arrayed with the work of a different artist.
Artists may complete an application form to schedule an exhibit in the gallery. Forms are available at the circulation desk or through the Director, Carol Gray. There is a waiting period of sometimes up to one year. Artists not known to the library must submit work for approval to the Director and/or the Art Advisory Committee and the following guidelines apply:
1. Shows are to be hung by the exhibitor or their representative.
Contact Carol Gray, Director, for any further information or to arrange for an exhibit.
2. The Library supplies the wire, ladder and minor tools for hanging.
3. A list of the works as hung with title, medium and price should be left with Mrs. Gray, at the circulation desk, or tastefully displayed in the gallery.
4. The artist is responsible for his/her own press releases to the newspaper and/or cable television before the exhibit.
5. All works are hung at the risk of the exhibitor.
6. A locked display case is also available as a part of the Gallery. At the time of the booking the exhibitor should decide whether or not he/she will need to use the locked case. If not, another artist may book the case alone for that month.
7. Exhibits are hung the first of the month and are taken down at the end of that month. Dates should be set for both in advance of the exhibit.