Ashe County Public Library has received a $2,500 donation from the Gates Corporation and employees of the Jefferson facility.
A check was presented last week by Dwayne Howell, Human Resources and Safety Manager for the Gates plant in Jefferson, on behalf of the company’s Community Involvement Team along with a corporate donation. Associates raise money, Howell said, through donations and from vending machine commissions. Gates currently has about 270 associates.
The check was accepted by County Librarian Jim McQueen and members of the library board, Sally Zwadyk and Scott Sears, and Louise Humphrey, director of the Appalachian Regional Library.
Funds will go toward furnishings and equipment for the library. Humphrey said the library expansion and renovation project is on schedule, and hopes are to reopen by the end of June. A progress report for the public is expected to be revealed in the next couple of weeks.
Humphrey also noted a focus on “libraries as the heart of the community” for the upcoming Feb. 25 legislative day in Raleigh. Library representatives from across the state will visit the state capital that day, she said, to provide information to the General Assembly about what libraries do for their communities.