Library’s Capital Campaign More Than Halfway to Goal

Communities / Feb. 16, 2017 9:58am EST

The Royalton Memorial Library’s capital campaign committee has announced that it has raised more than half of its $700,000 “Building the Next Chapter” fundraising goal.

Funds raised are for the renovation and expansion of the Royalton Memorial Library’s 90-year-old building located at 23 Alexander Place in South Royalton.

“We are proud and excited to have surpassed the halfway point in our fundraising,” said Cynthia Dalrymple, the library’s capital campaign committee chairperson. “The community has been generous and supportive. More than 175 individuals, families, and local businesses have already contributed financially to the library project.”

Other significant financial support for the project to date has come from GW Plastics, the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, Mascoma Savings Bank Foundation, Northfield Savings Bank, Vermont Downtown & Village Center Tax Credit program, and Vermont Arts Council.

“The library project received a fiscal year 2017 Cultural Facilities grant from the Vermont Arts Council,” said Dalrymple. “There will be an award reception for this grant on February 21, at 4:30 p.m., in the Cedar Creek Room at the Vermont Statehouse. The public is invited and welcome to attend.”

Jay White, who designed the new Royalton town office building on Vermont Route 14, is also the architect for the Royalton Memorial Library project.

“Jay has been an excellent architect to work with,” said Dalrymple. “He understands and respects Royalton and continues to find costeffective ways to make this project work. We remain very happy with our choice of architect.”

The Royalton Memorial Library renovation and expansion project’s goals are to provide full accessibility for people with disabilities; improve the building’s energy efficiency; and increase and enhance library space for the community to read, study, and learn. For more information, call 763-7094 or email librarian@royaltonlibrary.org.

Library Notes

The Royalton Memorial Library at 23 Alexander Place in South Royalton is open Tuesday-Friday, from noon-6 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Paula Smith’s story times for toddlers and preschoolers are every Thursday at 10 a.m. Upcoming story time books are “The Three Snow Bears” on February 16 and “A Day on the Farm” on February 23.

A retrospective exhibit of paintings and commercial art by Louis C. Chap (1910-1982) is on display through February 18.

The next Royalton Lego Club session is Saturday, Feb. 18, from 1-2 p.m., at the library. February’s theme is “group maze with bugs.” The club is organized by the Royalton Recreation Commission and the library.

The library’s book club begins its winter season with a discussion of “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving on Monday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. Copies of the book are available for checkout from the library. Everyone is welcome.

Pam Levasseur’s next Exploration Station science program for young learners is Saturday, Feb. 25 at 10:30 a.m. February’s theme is rock-water interaction and features special guest Rinku Kapoor Handa, an environmental scientist.

The SoRo Fiber Crafters meet every third Tuesday of the month, from 6-8 p.m., in the library. Newcomers are always welcome.

Betty LaWhite offers free basicskills computer tutoring for the community. Contact the library to schedule an appointment.

To volunteer or for more information about the library, including the building renovation and expansion plans, call 763-7094 or email librarian@royaltonlibrary.org.

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