County contributes $200,000 for library renovations

- Posted on Jun 27, 2012 - 02:37 PM

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors approved a $200,000 capital contribution during its meeting Tuesday night to help pay for renovations to Mathews Memorial Library.

This makes the third significant commitment to the project, according to a press release from Mary Ellen Stumpf, whose firm Stumpf & Associates has been contracted to raise funds for the project.

Previously, an anonymous Mathews County resident donated $200,000 to purchase the Radio Shack building, and more recently, Washington D.C. resident Brent Nunnelley Goo, who has ties to the county and has toured the space, committed a $150,000 gift.

Stumpf said the addition will provide dedicated space for a teen center and more space for public reading areas, community meetings, storage and staff support. It will also relieve over-crowded areas in the main library, especially in the archives and the children’s areas.

As a result of the gifts, architectural planning will soon be finalized, said Stumpf, and a campaign committee is working on raising the remaining funds. Members of the campaign steering committee are Dennis and Brenda Baker, Judy Busby, John Dayton, Lewis J. Hubbard, James E. Hutchins, Maree S. Morgan, Charles R. Pogue, John W. Ward and Steve Whiteway.