A local library lover is leading a $100K matching donation challenge. For just 31 days, every dollar donated will equals two as an anonymous donor has pledged up to $50,000 to kickstart a matching
donation challenge to support the renovation and expansion of the historic Picton Library.

“Inspired by individual and corporate donors as well as enthusiastic fundraising volunteers, we’re thrilled to announce a new benefactor is matching every single donation this month, up to $50,000,” said Barbara Sweet, CEO, County of Prince Edward Public Library. “This means that your $50 donation in October will be worth $100. And corporate donations will also be doubled.”

Sweet said the generous donor loves libraries and is infusing excitement into fundraising efforts for Picton’s Carnegie-built library.

The “Love Your Library” is October’s call to action with the potential to raise $100K.

Avid library user Lindsay Machell knows that her two young sons will soon benefit from the renovations.

“I’m so excited for so many parts of the new Picton Library! Anyone who has attended the kids’ programs knows that space is usually pretty tight, and with excitable children the volume tends to go up. This is where more quiet study spaces will come in handy, for those who would like to avoid the noise. Also, updated washrooms are definitely needed.”

Machell is also looking forward to a more comfortable gathering space for book clubs, playgroups, seniors programming, and newcomers.

“I can’t wait to see what happens!”

October is Library Month in Prince Edward County and “Love Your Library”, says Alexandra Bake, Chair of the Picton Library Expansion Committee, reflects the building excitement.

“Many naming opportunities are now available and library volunteers are talking with local businesses and individuals about how they can get involved,” said Bake.

“A collaborative coworking space; solar panels; private study cubicles; a safe and cozy baby and toddler area; and an outdoor meditation area and sculpture garden with a water feature are just a few examples.”

This month, across Ontario, libraries are raising awareness of the valuable role public libraries play in people’s lives.

In the County, on Saturday, Oct. 19, volunteers will host “Love Your Library Tag Day” at several locations in downtown Picton and every dollar raised will be doubled.

Meanwhile, Picton Library stacks will roll with laughter Sunday, Oct. 27 from 7 to 9 pm. as Comedian Lenny Epstein and The Frere Brothers will lend their side-splitting talents to “Comedy Night At the Library”, the second annual Picton Library fundraiser. Every $50 ticket sold will also be matched by the “Love Your Library” donor challenge. “Comedy Night” tickets can be purchased online at peclibrary.org