FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 7, 2018
Keagan Calkins, Library Director
South Hero Public Library
Mergens Foundation Grant Puts South Hero Library Closer to Campaign Goal
New funding helps close the gap so that construction can begin
South Hero, Vermont: The South Hero Library celebrated Independence Day with a $20,000 grant from the George W. Mergens Foundation that brings the campaign to build a new library close to the $1.5 million goal. This grant, plus other recent gifts, will help close the $150,000 funding gap so that construction can begin on the new library at 260 US Rt. 2 in South Hero, Vermont.
“We are impressed with the vibrancy and success of the capital campaign thus far and with the overwhelming community support that it represents,” said Paul Mergens, President of the George W. Mergens Foundation. “The new library will undoubtedly be a hub of learning, connecting, and collaborating for all South Hero residents. On behalf of the foundation, let me wish you the very best in completing the campaign and in realizing the dream of creating a new and impactful space for everyone to enjoy.”
This grant, and funding from over 200 individuals, businesses and foundations bring the campaign total over $1.3 million. Foundation funding has been received from: the Hoehl Family Foundation, Amy Tarrant Foundation, Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation, and the Vermont Community Foundation. 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. New programming plans include:
- Preschool story hour will be reinstated and a play time added for young children.
- Home-schooled students will have a place to share curriculum, host book clubs, and research topics during regular school hours.
- Teens will have space to come to after school or in the evenings for book clubs, after-school homework help, and other programming geared to this age group.
- Retirees and other adults will enjoy history lectures, book clubs, film screenings and discussions held during the day to make them more accessible.
- Community groups will have a comfortable, accessible space in which to meet and present their programs outside of regular Library hours.
About the South Hero Public Library: South Hero’s Library has programming geared for all ages. For more information about 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.