FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2019
Keagan Calkins, Library Director
Grand Opening of South Hero’s Worthen Library
South Hero, Vermont: After years of study, conceptualization, fundraising and nearly a year of construction, South Hero’s Library Director and Trustees will hold a formal ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration, with activities for kids and adults, of our community’s new library on Saturday, July 20, 2019, 10 a.m. at 260 US Route 2 in South Hero, VT.
“We are all excited to finally arrive at this day when we can share this wonderful new resource with our community,” said Library Director Keagan Calkins. “We’re also looking forward to sharing this day with Jason Broughton, our State Librarian,” she added.
South Hero’s library will be the first new public library in Vermont since Waterbury built a new library after theirs was destroyed by Hurricane Irene. “What makes our grand opening unique,” said Library Board Chair Ken Kowalewitz, “is that we have built this great new space without asking our local taxpayers for a bond. Each board and brick has been paid for by the generosity of over 400 individuals, businesses, and foundations.”
“We are also renaming our South Hero Public Library the Worthen Library in honor Dr. Edward Worthen, a great friend and scholar. Ed made a significant pledge to get our campaign underway and then named the Library as the beneficiary of the majority of his estate. His generosity is truly an example of the difference one person can make.”
In addition to the formal ribbon cutting, Opening Day festivities will include refreshments, activities for children, and tours of the new facility. The Cub Scouts will be on hand selling hot dogs.
“We hope everyone can join us in our celebration,” added Keagan Calkins.
The new Worthen Library will have increased space for programming, such as the reinstated Preschool Story Hour, and will be will equipped with new computers to enhance digital access for everyone. The new Community Room will offer meeting space for area organizations both during and outside of regular library hours. For more information about the Worthen Library, contact the Library Director, Keagan Calkins, at (802)372-6209.