STAMFORD, November 11, 2014 – The Ferguson Library will rededicate its Main Library at Bedford and Broad Streets in memory of late President Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. in a ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 7. The building will be known as the Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Building of The Ferguson Library.
Mr. DiMattia, known to his many friends as Ernie, was president of The Ferguson Library from 1976 until his death in June. During his 38-year tenure, he ushered the Library into the digital age, oversaw the creation of the Friends of the Ferguson Library (the Library’s volunteer support group), and undertook the expansion and renovation of the Main Library’s turn of the century building. He also opened a passport office and a Starbucks in the Library, which became important sources of revenue for The Ferguson.
“This library is what it is today because of Ernie, and the Board wanted to honor him in a significant way,” said Ernest N. Abate, Chair of The Ferguson Library Board of Trustees. “Ernie had a tremendous impact on the library and the community, and we believe rededicating the Main Library in his name is a fitting tribute.” The Library will also unveil a plaque in Mr. DiMattia’s memory, that will be displayed inside the building’s foyer at the December 7 event.