Lowe’s Gives $75,000 Grant to Update Three Charlotte Libraries


Gift to create community gathering spaces

Charlotte, NC – Dec. 17 –Three Charlotte Mecklenburg Library branches will receive updates and refurbishments thanks to a $75,000 grant from Lowe’s. The gift will transform Beatties Ford Road Regional Library, Sugar Creek Branch Library, and Plaza Midwood Branch Library by creating gathering spaces with new furniture, carpet, and paint. The Sugar Creek and Plaza Midwood spaces will be geared towards children and teens and Beatties Ford will receive an outdoor patio renovation for programs and events.

“The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation is an important resource for our community,” said James Frison, Lowe’s Director of Community Relations. “Lowe’s wants to help create inviting spaces where all Charlotte-area residents can gather to learn or connect with others.”

In addition to the gift, more than 30 Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers completed projects at Beatties Ford Road Regional Library, Hickory Grove, and Main Library on Thursday, Dec. 17. Projects included rearranging the Library’s Collection at Main Library and Beatties Ford Road.

“This gift will assist us in making three of our locations more welcoming, and supports our vision to provide access to our community in a welcoming, open and inspirational environment,” said Lee Keesler, Library CEO. “We are grateful for Lowe’s generous donation and for the many volunteers who helped us improve spaces at two additional branches.”

The projects at the three locations will start in January 2016.

About Lowe’s in the Community

Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $200 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.

About the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is one of America’s leading urban public libraries, serving a community of over one million citizens in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Through 20 locations, targeted outreach and online, the Library delivers exceptional services and programs, with a mission to create a community of readers and empower individuals with free access to information and the universe of ideas. For more information, visit cmlibrary.org

About the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation was established as a supporting organization in partnership with Foundation For The Carolinas. The Library Foundation exists to help the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library create a community where reading, learning, and imagination thrive. Created in 2012 as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, the Foundation supports the Library’s programs and services through advocacy, fundraising and building relationships with others who share a passion for the Library’s work. The Library Foundation supports library services, expands the Library’s print and electronic collections, enhances programming for all ages, and strives to grow an endowment to prepare for the future needs of our Library system.

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