Library Campaign Nears Goal!

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South Hero Library Campaign Nears Goal

“We are excited to announce that we are closing in on our goal to build a new South Hero Public Library,” said South Hero Library Foundation President Ken Kowalewitz, “thanks to the generosity of our community, and especially several foundation grants and recent notification of a significant bequest.”

To date over $1.2 million has been raised in cash and pledges toward the $1.5 million goal needed to build a new library for South Hero.

“We are confident that our community can help us close the gap so that we can begin construction on our new library later this year,” said Kowalewitz. “It is fitting that our community puts us over the top, as our new library will be far more than a place to check out books and videos. It will act as a Community Center for our town and our County promising engaging social, literary and technological experiences to patrons of all ages, interests and abilities.”

The Hoehl Family Foundation has pledged $100,000 and has chosen to name the Children’s Area in the new library with their gift.

The Amy Tarrant Foundation awarded the Library $50,000 at the end of 2016.

Other foundations that have supported the campaign to date include: The Ben and Jerry’s Foundation, The Niebling Family Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Vermont Community Foundation and the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation. Grant funding received or pledged to date totals almost $200,000 of the amount raised.

The planned new Library is in response to community input. People who answered surveys repeatedly requested expanded Library hours, a well-ventilated place, and room for community activities. The proposed building will be designed to be net zero, providing energy efficiency savings. Air conditioning will add to the comfort of Library use during the summer, which sees the highest usage due to longer hours, summer visitors, and increased programming. A Community Room will provide space for activities during Library hours and beyond as it will be able to be accessed separately from the Library space. The proposed plans are available to view in the Library and in a copy of the Case statement booklet and brochure. In addition to the Children’s Space, named by the Hoehl Family Foundation, there are many additional opportunities for donor recognition and memorials.

For more information on how to be part of the Campaign to build a new South Hero, contact Ken Kowalewitz, 802-343-9323, Kenneth.C.Kowalewitz@morganstanley.com, or the Library, (802) 372-6209, south.hero.library@gmail.com.

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