CFMC Grant Funds Kids Chess Program

The Durham Public Library is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a $500 grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County to start a Chess Program for children ages 7 and up.

The Durham Public Library serves as the intellectual and cultural center for Durham, offering a supportive, welcoming environment that encourages all to…read…to discover…to question…to exchange ideas…to grow. With almost 80,000 visitors annually, the Durham Public Library serves a large number of new and returning patrons. We are actively involved with the life of our community and seek to serve our patrons with excellence.

The CFMC grant will partially fund the purchase of loanable portable chess kits, a chess instructor to lead classes, and a mock chess tournament.

Library Director Christine Michaud, states, “The demand for interesting and stimulating children’s programming is high and we are very excited that this grant will enable us to offer a quality program to our patrons.” A current schedule of children’s programs at the Durham Public Library can be found on the Library website:

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Middlesex County, and to help Good People Do Great Things. Its two-fold mission is: (1) to work with charitably-minded individuals and organizations to build permanent endowments and other charitable funds; and (2) to support local nonprofit organizations through effective grantmaking, in order to address community needs, as well as Let Good Grow. Since its founding in 1997, the Community Foundation has provided 2,068 grants, totaling more than $6 million, to organizations for the arts, cultural and heritage programs, educational activities, animal welfare, environmental improvements, and for health and human services. To learn more, contact the Community Foundation at 860.347.0025, or