Inaugural Worthen Society Meeting Honors Library Supporters

20180814 Board MembersOver 80 supporters of the South Hero Library met Tuesday, August 14, at Snow Farm Vineyard to celebrate groundbreaking for the new library building and to induct members into the Worthen Society, a group formed to recognize financial supporters of the Library.

Over hors d’oeuvres and wine from locally grown grapes, attendees heard from local residents about the impact of the South Hero Library on their lives and on the community.   Continue reading

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Press Release: Groundbreaking Ceremony Kicks Off Construction of New Library

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.” Continue reading

We Want Your Ideas!

As published in The Islander on Feb. 20, 2018.

We would LOVE to hear your ideas about the programs and collections YOU would like to see at the South Hero library.  Be wild!  Be practical!  Be silly!  Be creative!  No idea is too off-the-wall!   I have been blown away by the energy and passion of the people in the Islands for having fun, learning, and just coming together to do something different.    Our combined brain power will make our library ROCK!

Let’s consider what we’ve been able to do together even in our current small space in the Folsom School – and how we can make it even better now,  and in the future when we have our beautiful new building. Continue reading

New Library Will Be a Place for Community

As published in The Islander on Feb. 6, 2018.

The narrative of the day so often centers on the ways that social media, politics and other forces drive people apart. The Islands have a fantastic opportunity to focus on the opposite in 2018: bringing our community together. The South Hero Library aims to accomplish that mission and more, when it moves into its new, soon-to-be-built space.

Through many months of conversations, direct requests, and results from a 2017 survey, the Library has gathered answers to important questions about how well it’s meeting current needs, and how this public resource and destination can improve, heading into the future. Continue reading

Thank You for Voting YES on Article 7!

The members of the South Hero Library Board of Trustees would like to extend our deep gratitude to the voters of South Hero for your overwhelming support on Town Meeting Day. The success and growth of the Library, its services and programming, are only possible because so many of you find value in having this important community resource. The results of the opinion question included with your ballot, regarding reaching out to neighboring communities to share library resources, will help guide the Board’s choices and decisions as we move forward with the new building.

Stay tuned for more news about this exciting project and feel free to contact Keagan at the Library or any of the Trustees if you’d like to get involved or if you have any questions. Again – THANK YOU, South Hero.

Library Campaign Nears Goal!

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South Hero Library Campaign Nears Goal

“We are excited to announce that we are closing in on our goal to build a new South Hero Public Library,” said South Hero Library Foundation President Ken Kowalewitz, “thanks to the generosity of our community, and especially several foundation grants and recent notification of a significant bequest.”

To date over $1.2 million has been raised in cash and pledges toward the $1.5 million goal needed to build a new library for South Hero.

“We are confident that our community can help us close the gap so that we can begin construction on our new library later this year,” said Kowalewitz. “It is fitting that our community puts us over the top, as our new library will be far more than a place to check out books and videos. It will act as a Community Center for our town and our County promising engaging social, literary and technological experiences to patrons of all ages, interests and abilities.” Continue reading