CCNC Garden Club Visits Given Library
The Country Club of North Carolina Garden Club visited the Given Memorial Library after its September meeting to view the landscape plantings and plaque that were provided by their contribution toward the long-range planning.
Audrey Moriarty, executive director, displayed to the members the long-range plan for the library, which would include an addition as well as landscaping. Moriarty commented on the many compliments that library visitors have made on the beautiful plantings that grace the front and butterfly garden along the walkway.
Given Memorial Library is unique and notable in that it is the only public library in North Carolina (and one of the few in the nation) not funded by taxpayer money. In addition to the collection of more than 23,000 works, the library houses the Tufts Archives and the Ross collection as well as a special children's book section. The library has a year-round program of lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions and learning programs.
The Given/Tufts Legacy Society has been set up to recognize patrons who have made substantial bequests to the library and archives in their estate plans. Friends of the Library and board members stage fundraisers, and volunteers work at the Given Book Shop in Olmsted Village.
Contributions are needed to build the addition to provide more library space, including the Tufts Archives, as well as continued landscaping on their site at the edge of the Village Green. The project will largely depend on monetary gifts and fundraising. The library has received a go-ahead from the village for the future plans and will be working with them as things progress, according to a spokesman.
In addition to the CCNC Garden Club contribution to the library project, they have supported other community projects, continue to provide flower arrangements for hospice twice a month and award a scholarship fund to Sandhills Horticultural College.
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