The South Hero Library will break ground on a new, 5,500 square foot library at 260 US Rte. 2 at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2018. All are invited to join in the celebration.
“We are excited about the progress we have made in securing the support of our community,” said Ken Kowalewitz, head of the Library Board of Trustees and the South Hero Library Foundation. “Groundbreaking is possible in large part because of Dr. Edward Worthen, our major benefactor. Now we need to match his generosity with $165,000 to complete the $1.5 million funding to build the Library for our community. You can help put us over the top with your gift and ensure that our community has a well-equipped space. We have decided to begin construction because we are keenly aware of rising construction costs. This celebration of our new Library allows our summer as well as year-round residents to join in this important step in our history.”
Over $1.3 million has been raised from 200 donors: individuals, businesses and foundations. The campaign was initiated by a $500,000 pledge from the late Dr. Worthen. The new library will be a free-standing, fully accessible, energy efficient 5,500 square foot facility. The added space allows for increased programming and additions to the collection. Once completed, Library hours will increase from 24 to 40 hours a week. Planned new programming includes:
- Reinstating preschool story hour and adding a play time for young children.
- Providing home-schooled students with a place to meet, share curriculum, host book clubs, and research topics during regular school hours.
- After school and evening study hours, book clubs, homework help for teens.
- History lectures, book clubs, social activities such as maj jonng and drawing, film screenings and discussions during the day and evening for adults.
- Providing a comfortable, accessible Community Room that groups can use during and outside of regular Library hours.
- Providing a Maker Space to encourage creativity and entrepreneurism in children, teens and adults.
About the South Hero Library: For more information about Library programming, and the campaign, contact the Library Director, Keagan Calkins, at (802) 372-6209. You can make a donation to the campaign by stopping in the library, mailing a check or making a secure gift online at http://www.southherolibrary.org.