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As part of the Pittston Library's Capital Campaign fundraiser, library officials will raffle off sports and entertainment items at the Tomato Festival, including tickets to Phillies and Yankees games.


The following will raffled off:


1. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins gift gasket


2. Movies 14 tickets


3. Two tickets for Notre Dame vs. Stanford. Transportation, hotel and tailgate party included. Oct. 11-14.


4. Two tickets to Notre Dame vs BYU


5. Two tickets to Pitt vs Rutgers (club seating)


6. Two tickets to a Penn State game


7. Two tickets to a Phillies game.


8. Two tickets to a Phillies game with luxury box seating


9. Two sections of stadium seating from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Yankees


10. Two tickets to a NY Yankees game.


The list is still growing because other items are still being donated.


Chances will be available at the Pittston Memorial Library's booth at the festival.


All proceeds will benefit the library's Capital Campaign for the construction of a 5,175 square-foot addition set to contain a state-of-the-art conference room with Smartboards and WiFi capability, a larger children's section, an arts and crafts room, teen space, a senior citizen area, a kitchenette, a vestibule, a coat room and additional rest rooms. A playground is planned for behind the building adjacent to the new children's wing.


The expansion is part of the library's Cosgrove Capital Campaign.


John P. Cosgrove, a Pittston native, spent 70 years working in the media in Washington, D.C. He donated his personal library, including thousands of volumes, correspondence and memorabilia, to his hometown library three years ago. When the Pittston library suggested it expand in part to display the collection, Cosgrove donated $50,000 to get the project started.


The collection, along with the donation, prompted the library trustees to name the proposed project the Cosgrove Annex and undertake a major capital campaign to pay for it.


U.S. Senator Bob Casey announced recently the library will receive a 40-year loan of $761,900 and a $105,600 grant that will allow groundbreaking to occur sometime in September.


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