Thanks to Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va, Kanawha County Public Library's Open a Modern Classic campaign is $237,500 closer toward its $50 million goal. Last month, Congress passed an omnibus appropriations bill that included funding for Kanawha County Public Library.
A grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Economic Development Initiative will help provide financing for a new 118,000 square-foot Main Library slated to be constructed in downtown Charleston.
"We are grateful that Congresswoman Capito shares our vision for a new Kanawha County Public Library and understands the increasingly vital role the library plays in our community," said Mike Albert, KCPL Board President. "We are hopeful that other political leaders will join Ms. Capito in her efforts to provide public support for this project."
The Open a Modern Classic campaign will raise $50 million to construct a new state-of-the-art facility in downtown Charleston, build new branches in Marmet and Elk Valley, and expand the Dunbar, Cross Lanes, Sissonville, and St. Albans branches.