F&M Trust pledges support of Besore Library renovation

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
F&M Trust President and CEO Bill Snell, Terrie Gracie - Greencastle Office Manager, and Renee Preso - Southern Franklin County Market Manager present a check for $25,000 representing the bank's pledge to The Lilian S. Besore Library Capital Campaign. Accepting the check are Patti Divelbiss, Capital Campaign Committee along with Ed Wine, William Needy, Glen Knepper, library board members and Laura Greenlee, Library Director.

F&M Trust has pledged up to $25,000 over a five-year period to The Lilian S. Besore Memorial  Library capital campaign for building renovations and expansion to the Greencastle Library.

The bank made an initial $10,000 commitment, and pledged to increase its contribution by $5,000 in subsequent years as campaign pledges and contributions reaches certain levels. Representing the bank at the presentation were Terrie Gracie, Greencastle Office Manager, Renee Preso, Southern Franklin County Market Manager, and William E. Snell, Jr., President & Chief Executive Officer.

The $1.2 million capital campaign, which was kicked off in 2010, includes ease of access to all people of the community; upgrades to the existing windows, lighting and heating/air conditioning; and a new lobby with a main floor children's program area; and a new community room and kitchenette.

Built in 1963, the library has a current configuration that creates access challenges for many persons and is not in compliance with the American's with Disability Act (ADA). The back entrance is most used due to its proximity to the parking lot. However, there is no way to enter the building from the parking lot to reach either the main floor or the children's activity area on the lower level without first using stairs. This causes challenges for senior citizens, mothers with strollers and small children, and others within the community with mobility challenges. The new plans would expand the lobby and add an elevator that will make the main floor accessible from the parking lot level.

The planned expansion toward the west will include a new, accessible children's activity room on the main level

For more information on the capital campaign entitled "Growing Our Legacy: Building on the Past to Create Our Future", visit www.greencastlelibrary.org