PRESS RELEASE: Local Couple’s Donation Puts Library Close to Goal


Keagan Calkins, Library Director South Hero Public Library
(802) 372-6209

Local Couple’s Donation Puts Library Close to Goal

South Hero, Vermont: Soon after this summer’s Snowfarm Vineyard kickoff of the Worthen Society, when this new group was started to recognize Library donors, our Library Director opened an envelope and found a check for an amount that puts the donors, Taylor and Jennifer Buckner of South Hero, in the Philanthropist level of this new Society. Their generous gift also puts the South Hero Library very close to our $1.5 million goal to build a new library.

“I wanted to inspire people to put the Library campaign over the top,” said Taylor Buckner. “Libraries have played a very important part in my life. When I was a youngster, I discovered our local public library, where they let me browse everything, not just the children’s section. It was like discovering the world.”

He added that, in today’s world of the internet, the library still plays a very important role in the community for people of all ages. “What my wife, Jennifer, likes in particular is that the new Library will have a community meeting space, a definite plus for our town. I read a recent article about the resurgence of public libraries because there are so few places left to meet where you don’t have to buy something, like at Starbuck’s. And a library is not all silence anymore. It’s a place for public discourse.” Dr. Buckner retired from a career as a Sociology Professor at Concordia University in Montreal to live in South Hero with his wife, Jennifer, who is an artist.  The funds for the donation were generated by his business, Hero’s Arms.

“This generous gift moves us very close to our goal,” said Library Board President Ken Kowalewitz. “It’s an inspiring gift for all of us.” This gift, along with several other recent significant gifts, moves the Library’s fundraising close to the $1.5 building goal. “Thanks to donations like the Buckners’, and those of others in our community, we will be able to build a great library for our community.”

The new South Hero Library will have increased space for programming and books. Preschool Story Hour will be reinstated in the new library, which will also be equipped with new computers to enhance digital access for everyone.

You can be part of building our new Library, and ensuring a great space for people of all ages, by making a gift today. You can make a secure donation online at or stop in to the Library with a check. Please consider the Library when making your year-end giving plans.

The South Hero Public Library has programming geared for all ages. For more information about programming, our building progress, and the fundraising campaign, contact the Library Director, Keagan Calkins, at (802) 372-6209.



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