Cowan Foundation supports the Princeton Library

Posted on November 30, 2010. Filed under: Library News | Tags: , |

The Cowan Foundation ran its “Cowan Read-a-thon Program” again this year, and donated $2,190 to the Princeton Library. Employees of the Cowan group of companies participated with their family members in summer reading, generating funds for libraries in the communities in which Cowan offices exist.

Princeton Library has been the fortunate recipient of Cowan donations over the past several years. Cowan’s generosity has allowed the library to offer more programming, particularly targeted at youth. Last Saturday, the library’s Wii program was launched. Twice a month, Wii gaming events will be held, free of charge, for the youth of the community.  -LM

Cheque presentation

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Community support — thank you!

Posted on November 18, 2009. Filed under: Library News | Tags: , |

Over the past week and a half, I’ve had the pleasure and honour of attending three presentations of support for three of our library branches.

On November 20, I accepted a cheque for $2,650 from the The Frank Cowan Foundation, to be used to support youth initiatives and programming at the Princeton Library.  The Cowan Read-a-thon is a summer reading program open to children and grandchildren of Cowan employees. For every book read, the Foundation donates funds to support local literacy efforts in the communities where Cowan has offices. The Frank Cowan Company’s head office is in Princeton.

 This picture was taken in the Princeton Library. It was a sizeable donation from Frank Cowan’s estate that enabled the construction of the Princeton & District Library and Museum, completed in 1996.  Lisa Miettinen, Oxford County Library CEO (and blog author), is accepting the cheque from Don Hunt, joined by  Cowan employees Al Teeter, Denise Martin, and Marianne Harrington.

A week later, I accepted another Cowan Foundation cheque from Alex Cripps, the overall Champion Reader of the 2009 Read-a-thon. Alex and his brothers Nathan and Nick participated in the summer program. Being Ingersoll residents and patrons of our library there, Alex and his family chose reading programs at the Ingersoll Library as the recipient of the $845 award.   Many thanks to Alex and his brothers, and to the Frank Cowan Foundation for their ongoing (and awesome) support.

Earlier this year, a gazebo was constructed on the north-east corner of the Thamesford Library property. Funded from surplus capital fundraising revenues (an incredibly successful community campaign raised the funds to furnish and outfit the library, community room, and kitchen), the gazebo was the brainchild of TPLAC (Thamesford Public Library Advisory Committee), and was carried to fruition by the ongoing support and coordination of the Thamesford Lions Club.

Members of TPLAC in interior of gazebo

TPLAC held a dedication ceremony in the gazebo just before a Lions Club meeting, on the evening of Nov. 16, to formally thank the Lions and to celebrate this lovely addition to a beautiful public property.

Just three examples of how important our communities are to the well-being of the library.


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