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Gala Raises Money for Robots

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By Robert Rosen
Hometown Weekly Staff

The Wellesley Free Library Foundation recently hosted a Gala to raise money to purchase two robots for the library and it was a stunning success as it raised over $250,000.

With 285 people attending, the gala sought to purchase the robots, which will be primarily used to teach coding. The robots also have a special module for special needs children and will be used to do a lot of outreach, according to Jennifer Siedman, the Director of Development for the Wellesley Free Library Foundation.

An exciting part of the evening for all was when Doris Kearns Goodwin took the podium as the keynote speaker. She told how her mother was housebound due to illness when she was a child and that she used to read aloud to her mother. She considered reading a way to explore the world.

Her speech lasted approximately 20 minutes and those in attendance enjoyed mingling with each other while raising money that will go towards helping the Wellesley Free Library continue to offer quality programs to residents of the town.

Robert Rosen is an Editor at Hometown Weekly. He can be reached at and followed on Twitter at @roberterosen.

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