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County library lovers exceed matching goal; next chapter is spring construction

Prince Edward County has given its library a big hug – exceeding a fundraising goal by $15,000 and will expect to see a spring start to construction of the new branch in Picton.

An anonymous donor promised up to match up to $100,000 in donations, and library lovers across the County not only met, but exceeded that goal.

“Generosity inspiring generosity! The matched fund donation and the overwhelmingly generosity of our community in meeting the challenge was such a wonderful way to end the year,” said Alexandra Bake, fundraising chair. “And we have so much to look forward to with the start of construction in the spring! Thank you!”

The fundraising campaign is now in the home stretch, with $515,000 yet to raise of the total project cost of $2.8 million.

The Library Board intends to break ground on the Picton Branch Library expansion spring 2021.

“As we had hoped, the green light from council assured our community the project would proceed, and inspired its generosity. We are so grateful,” said Devon Jones, Library Board Chair.

An upcoming fundraiser at the cash registers at Picton Sobeys will launch Jan. 14 and run until the 21st.

“The Picton Branch Library expansion will double the space of the current library building with enhanced accessibility features, technology, and a safe, inviting environment for all,” said Barbara Sweet, PEC Libraries CEO.

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