KING FOUNDATION GIVES UMFK $25G FOR NEW LIBRARY ROOF
April 1, 2011
The University of Maine at Fort Kent has received a $25,000 grant from the Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation for a new roof and roofing insulation for the University’s Waneta T. Blake Library.
Blake Library plays a vital role in supporting residents of many communities in the St. John Valley, as well as UMFK’s students, by providing access to information services; resources; juvenile, young adult, and adult literature; and internet access. The Library also has a small art gallery where local artists regularly display their work. The library serves upwards of 10,000 patrons, annually.
UMFK’s Director of Information Services, Leslie Kelly, who supervises the operation of Blake Library, made the application for the grant with the King Foundation in December 2010, complete with a budget estimate of $24,622.
Kelly appealed to the Foundation for the funds as “the roof is leaking in several places and has already been patched several times,” Kelly wrote in her application. “In addition, proper insulation would increase the life of the new roof and help save on heating,” she added.
Last month, the University received a check from the Foundation, covering the cost of the project.
The Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation was created because its founders wanted to give back to their communities. The Foundation strives to fulfill its mission with respect, integrity, and consideration.