(Delmarvanow.com) -- The Eastern Shore Public Library’s plans to build a new Regional Library in Accomack County got a major boost from the Salisbury-based Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation.
The foundation announced a $100,000 commitment to support the Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation’s campaign to build the new facility in Parksley, Virginia, and help fund its children’s room as part of Perdue’s commitment to education and libraries in the communities it serves.
“Thanks to the generous donation of the Perdue Foundation, the children of Accomack and Northampton counties will have a beautiful children’s room at the new regional main library in Parksley,” said Kitty Hall, chair of the library board of trustees, in a news release.
“The room will have space for other programs, such as the summer reading program and creative STEM (science, technology, engineering and match) activities. And, best of all, more shelves for all the wonderful children’s books. The room will be bright and welcoming for all to visit and enjoy.”
As a result of the Perdue Foundation funding, the children’s room will be named in honor of the Perdue family.
“Libraries meant so much to Mr. Arthur and Frank Perdue. We love to support them in places we call home — like the one here in the Accomack County community, which serves so many of our associates, their families and children,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Perdue Foundation.
“The Eastern Shore Public Library has long served as a center of community activity and learning. The local community is so important to the Eastern Shore and we’re proud to lend our continued support through the Perdue Foundation. We know this library will continue to do wonderful things for our associates and neighbors who live there,” said Nechay.
The new 18,000-square-foot library will house computers for online training, job certification and job applications. It will also feature a large group instruction room for training and classes, small group meeting rooms to provide tutoring for English as a second language learners, as well as space for webinars, distance learning resources and study.
“Every child should start early with reading. Perdue recognizes this by supporting the new library children’s room needed to supply books, story times, and activities necessary here on the Shore,” said Cara Burton, director of the Eastern Shore Public Library. “We thank Perdue for having the foresight to contribute to our community’s future.”