Anstaff pledges $50K for library

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Mary Knight (center), president of the Berryville Friends of the Library, holds up a ceremonial check representing Anstaff Bank’s $50,000 pledge toward the construction of a new library along with Anstaff market president Kevin Robertson (left) and Joe Scott, president of the Berryville Library Advisory Board. Pictured next to Robertson is Anstaff Bank CEO Steve Stafford.
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Friends of the Berryville Library members and community leaders gathered outside Anstaff Bank in Berryville on Monday, Aug. 30, as CEO Steve Stafford and market president Kevin Robertson announced the bank’s intention to pledge $50,000 toward the construction of a new Berryville library. The library kicked off a $2.5 million dollar capital campaign four months ago, and this announcement puts the library at 37 percent of its fundraising goal.   

“We are proud to make this investment in the Berryville Library, which provides such important resources in Berryville and the surrounding communities,” Stafford said.

Robertson said Anstaff has been giving back to the communities it serves since 1931.

Friends of the Berryville Library president Mary Knight was on hand to receive the ceremonial check along with Berryville Library Advisory Board president Joe Scott, Friends treasurer Karen Johnson, building project fundraising committee chair Tyler Squires and library director Julie Hall. 

Last year, the Friends of the Berryville Library obtained their 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation, and all donations to the building fund are tax-deductible. 

The Berryville Library is one of six libraries that make up the Carroll and Madison Library System, also known as CAMALS.   

“To have this much community support by our local banks is overwhelming! Their support will last for generations and generations to come and we couldn’t be more grateful” Knight said.  Since the building project fundraising campaign began, the Friends of the Library organization has grown to more than 160 members.   

Scott thanked Anstaff for this show of commitment to the community.

“It takes a village to embark on a campaign of this magnitude, and Anstaff is a wonderful partner to have in our village,” he said. “We appreciate the investment Anstaff has made in the long-term future of our community.”

Knight encouraged everyone who has an interest in the library to show their support and join the Friends. Individuals can join for as little as $10 a year, and a family can join for $25 per year. Businesses are also encouraged to join.     

Hall thanked Anstaff Bank for its financial commitment to the future of the library.

“So many people rely on the library for so many different things,” she said. “People come to the library to check out materials, access the internet, apply for job or just to see a friendly face. We are so grateful that Anstaff sees the value our library brings to our community.”

For more information on the Berryville Library Building Project or to learn more about donating, or to learn how you can become a Friend of the Library, visit berryvillelibrary.org/Friends or call 870-423-2323.

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