October fundraising campaign nets over $120k for Picton Library Branch expansion


Expansion, Picton Gazette

NOVEMBER 25, 2019

Love Your Library signs now available for $5

Prince Edward County residents and businesses showed in the month of October they really ‘Love their Library.’

October was an unprecedented fundraising month for the renovation and expansion of Picton Library. An astounding $70,263 in matching donations were made and a record-breaking total of $120,263 was raised.

An anonymous donor’s pledge of up to $50,000 kickstarted a matching donation challenge and the entire Prince Edward County community responded. From Ameliasburg to Waupoos and everywhere in between, families, individuals, groups, businesses and, in Consecon, Dory the dog were inspired to donate.

“It’s the equivalent of raising almost $4,000 every day for a month,” says Steve Ferguson, Mayor, County of Prince Edward. “Fundraising $120,000 in 31 days demonstrates just how much people love their library. Congratulations to staff, board members and volunteers.”

Steve Ferguson and Picton councillor Kate McNaughton joined Alexandra Bake, Chair, Library Expansion Committee, Devon Jones, Chair, Prince Edward County Public Library Board, Barbara Sweet, CEO, Prince Edward County Public Library and volunteers to mark this occasion at the historic Carnegie-built library Thursday.

Inspired by the success of October’s Love Your Library campaign, the group held up new Love Your Library lawn signs that are now available for a $5 donation at any Prince Edward County public library. “These signs are the start of even bigger things,” said Alexandra Bake. “We’ve got several events planned for 2020 and welcome anyone who would like to volunteer and support us. This weekend, volunteers will be at the Annual Drake Devonshire Holiday Pop-Up Market on Sat, Nov. 30 and the Santa Claus Parade in Picton on Sun, Dec. 1.”

“Our continued success is thanks to everyone who loves their library,” said Barbara Sweet. “Donors are funding the restoration of the original fireplace and reading room and a living green wall. A technology resource centre, music recording studio, accessible modern elevator and three meeting rooms are also available for sponsorship.”

Dec. 31st is right around the corner and any donation of $20 or more is eligible to receive a tax receipt. Gifts made to the new Picton Library will ensure that future generations have opportunities to learn, grow, create and thrive in our community.

Donations can be made via peclibrary.org, in person or at any PEC library, or by contacting CEO Barbara Sweet at 613-476-5962.