AEP Foundation makes additional $250,000 contribution to new library building; total contribution is $750,000

Release issued by Kanawha County Public Library

Charleston, WV – The Kanawha County Public Library today has received a major donation from the American Electric Power Foundation. The new $250,000 grant was announced today and is in addition to a previous multi-year $500,000 contribution for the new downtown library project.

The total donation by the AEP Foundation is one of the library’s largest to date.

“The AEP Foundation has been a strong supporter of the library and the new downtown library project,” said Tom Heywood, chairman of the Library Foundation of Kanawha County. “The new grant brings the AEP Foundation’s commitment to this project to $750,000.”

The new $250,000 gift, combined with the previous $500,000 donation, will sponsor all of the technology in the Reference Department on the third floor, including all public computers with access to online career and education resources.

“We support the library as an important asset for Charleston and the Kanawha Valley,” said Chris Beam, Appalachian Power president and COO. “This beautiful, exciting new facility will help draw people to the downtown area, and will be another part of making Charleston an attractive place to live.”

With the AEP Foundation contribution, the library campaign has raised close to $24 million of the $27 million needed to fund the project. Other large donations that have been made prior to this announcement include: Douglas Family Trust ($1,100,000), The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation ($1,000,000) and Ray Family Foundation ($525,569).

The library addition and renovations will include the following:

  • 20,000 new square feet, almost all of which will be public space, added to the west and south sides of the existing library building;
  • A new main entrance at the corner of Summers and Quarrier Streets;
  • Large and small meeting rooms for library and public functions that can handle from two to 200 people;
  • A light filled, updated 10,000-square feet Children’s Department with space for story time, crafts and many other activities;
  • A “IDEA” Lab (Innovation, Design, Engineering and Arts) that will allow patrons to imagine and create; and
  • A new proposed third floor Skywalk that connect to the Summers Street Parking Garage.

Additional information about the library’s downtown renovation and expansion project can be found at www.ReimagineYourLibrary.com.

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