Kensington, MD - What do muscle cars, teddy bears, chocolate owls and the Maryland State Assembly have on common? They are all examples of the wide range of community support that the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation has received for its Make MORE Noyes Renovation Campaign.
With the announcement last month of a $100,000 2018 Bond Bill from the State of Maryland, and the success of April’s Read! Dream! Fly! Make MORE Noyes Gala, the Foundation is poised to reach the halfway point of its $1.6M fundraising goal.
“We are pleased to announce that we have raised over $750,000 toward our commitment to Montgomery County for the Make MORE Noyes Renovation,” said Diana Ditto, Co-president of the Foundation. “With the strong support of the State of Maryland, the Town of Kensington, local businesses, family foundations, and countless community donors, we are charging full speed ahead toward raising the remainder of our commitment to a fully accessible and creatively expanded Noyes. ”
Ditto cited examples such as the Kensington Car Show, to be held Saturday, May 12, 2018 in Kensington, as an example of the groundswell of community support for the Campaign. Other unique events and contributors – such as the upcoming Teddy Bear Picnic on the grounds of Warner Circle Park, and the enterprising local high school student who has sold over $2,000 in handmade chocolate owls to benefit Noyes – have enabled the grassroots, all-volunteer organization to maximize its fundraising efforts.
“So many local businesses come to us with ideas for fundraising, because so many of their customers are patrons of the Noyes Children’s Library, or benefited from the Library in their childhood,” said Ditto. “Noyes has been welcoming children for generations, and the Make MORE Noyes Campaign will ensure that it welcomes them for generations to come.”
The Noyes Library in Kensington, MD was built in 1893, joined the Montgomery County Library system in 1950, and became a children’s library in 1972. Noyes is one of only a handful of public libraries in the U.S. dedicated to children, and is also the oldest public library in the Washington, DC area.
The Make MORE Noyes Renovation Campaign will help fund a major renovation of the historic Noyes Library, creating three stories within the original footprint and adding an innovative glass elevator. The Renovation expands both the Library’s space and its early literacy mission, enabling it to reach more children, families, librarians and teachers with early literacy programs and training.
For more information go to www.noyeslibraryfoundation.org/make-more-noyes, or contact Sheila Dinn at firstname.lastname@example.org.