PRESS RELEASE: Vermont State Grant Helps Close Funding Gap


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

Vermont State Grant Helps Close Funding Gap

South Hero, Vermont: The South Hero Library Director, Keagan Calkins, and Library Board Chair Ken Kowalewitz, didn’t need costumes to get a real treat on Wednesday, October 31. They were presented with a $25,000 check by Governor Scott and Speaker of the House and State Representative Mitzi Johnson at the Vermont State House.

“This grant will help make it possible for us to continue building our new library,” said Kowalewitz. ‘We are excited each day as construction progresses on a building that will be a community resource not only for our town, but all Grand Isle County residents. We thank everyone in state government and especially Senator Mazza, who helped champion our request, as well as the over 250 individuals and other donors who have helped us raise $1.5 million to build our new library.”

The 2018 Building Communities grant program made 53 awards totaling over $600,000 to programs in communities around the state to provide last gap funding for shovel ready projects. These competitive grants were made to municipalities and nonprofit organizations for capital costs associated with major maintenance, renovation, and development of facilities used for the delivery of human services and health care, educational opportunities, recreation and social services in Vermont communities. The committee gave priority consideration to applicants that demonstrated strong community support through the success of local fundraising campaigns.

Construction of the new South Hero Library is underway at 260 US Route 2 in South Hero. “We thank all our community for their support,” said Library Director Calkins. “But we still need help equipping our new library and making sure we make the best use of our new, enlarged space and increased hours! There are still lots of ways people can help our new library grow!”

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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