July 22 2020

Burlington Resident Makes $3,500 donation to Burlington Public Library in Honor of Late Husband

By: Tad Stephank

A Burlington woman made a donation to the Friends of Burlington Public Library in honor of her late husband right when the organization needed it most.


The donation was made by retired library worker Barbara Del Duca and will be used to purchase new furniture for the library as well as museum passes to local museums. Del Duca, who worked at the Medford Public Library for 42 years, made the donation in honor of her late husband, Ben, who worked as a Latin, French, Italian and Spanish teacher at Burlington High School from 1963 until he retired in 1994, and her stepdaughter, Sarah, who died in 2011.


“I figured that would be a good blend of practical and cultural,” said Del Duca. “Everything just came together so easily. This was something that had been on my mind, I just figured this was the right time with everything that’s been going on. Libraries do such important work.”


The timing was ideal for the library as traditional fundraisers are near impossible amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


Throughout the year, the Friends of the Library hold fundraisers, the two largest being their spring and fall book sales that aim to raise $3,000 each. Due to the pandemic, the group was unable to hold the spring book sale, since the building remains closed to the public. The group was looking at other options to help make up for the loss of the fundraiser when Del Duca called to make the donation.


“Barbara's donation means the Friends can keep the books to use for the next book sale, which is incredibly important since we cannot accept donations of used materials at this time,” said Library Director Michael Wick. “In short, Barbara came in at just the right time and saved two book sales, while helping us continue to offer services people love. We are incredibly grateful for her generosity and the support we’ve received from the entire community over the last few months of the pandemic.”


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