Anonymous Donor Issues $25,000 Challenge Grant to Support Downingtown Library Children’s Services

Anonymous Donor Issues $25,000 Challenge Grant to Support Downingtown Library Children’s Services

DOWNINGTOWN, PA — The Downingtown Library Board of Directors announced today that an anonymous donor has issued a $25,000 challenge grant, giving $5,000 a year for a period of 5 years if the Library can secure $10,000 a year in pledges from the community for the next 5 years- the amount needed to fund a full-time Children’s Librarian.

The Board of Directors appeals to all Library supporters to sign a pledge as soon as possible, so that the Library can achieve this goal as quickly as possible. Pledges can be any amount- even as low as $100 per year will make a difference! Please visit www.downingtownlibrary.org for information about making your pledge.

“We are very grateful for an anonymous donor to invest in the Downingtown Library in a way that encourages others to continue, or perhaps initiate sustained giving. Requests for more children’s programming continue to grow exponentially- similarly, we have seen our program attendance, door counts, and circulation of children’s items skyrocket- illustrating how deeply our community values robust children’s services at their local library,” says Director Elizabeth Hess. She continues: “Expanding the Children’s Librarian to a full-time position would allow us to double our program offerings!”

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Located in the Borough of Downingtown, next to Kerr Park, Downingtown Library is the heart of the community, in the center of Chester County. Downingtown Library Company is a 143-year old 501(C)3 nonprofit public library. Governmental contributions only provide 46% of the Library’s annual budget, with the balance of income coming from contributed sources like individual donations, foundations, corporations, grants, and special events. The Downingtown Library is a member of the Chester County Library System.

Source: Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce
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