Sometimes, one investment inspires another.
This summer, The Cannon Foundation recognized the need for some upkeep at the Mint Hill and Hickory Grove Library locations, and generously allocated discretionary funding to refresh those branches.
Encouraged by this private investment, Director of Libraries David Singleton, Mint Hill branch manager Jesse Isley and longtime Library supporter, volunteer, and Mint Hill resident Carol Hull met with Town Manager Brian Welch about additional support from the town.
Carol has a long history of Library advocacy in Mint Hill. “Years ago, I served on the town planning board so I know Brian well. In 2010 when the recession forced the County to cut Library funding, there was a rumor that our branch might close. Brian contacted Library supporters in Mint Hill to form a Save Our Library group, and I was invited to participate. We discovered a strong commitment among town residents and leadership to have and sustain a Library branch in Mint Hill, and that continues through today.”
As a Library user himself, Brian welcomed the meeting and committed to $20,000 in additional town support. He was impressed by the Cannon Foundation’s investment, as well as gifts from longtime local supporters like the Mint Hill Women’s Club, who recently provided three outdoor benches for the branch. Location manager Jesse Isley knows the combined generosity of The Cannon Foundation and the town will make a big difference for Library users. “Our location is 19 years old and well-loved, but definitely showing signs of wear. These gifts will allow us to repaint and replace some furniture—we’re excited to brighten up the walls and seating! We are always grateful for Library support, and local investment from Library users is especially meaningful.”