The Campbell County Public Library Foundation received two grants from Timken to benefit its Altavista location, the Staunton River Memorial Library. Curtis Crews, community liaison for Timken, made the awards on Sept. 22.
The first grant, totaling $19,800, is from the Timken Foundation to make needed physical improvements to the library to better serve the community, including bringing the handicap entrance up to current standards; providing a drive-up accessible book drop; upgrading an aging HVAC system; making cosmetic upgrades to the front porch; and adding two exterior security cameras.
This grant alleviates some of the stress on the budgets of the town of Altavista during a tight capital improvement budget year, allowing the library to be improved while keeping on track with other projects.
The second grant, totaling $1,695, is from the Timken Charitable Trust, whose mission is to foster science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning. To that end, the library will be replacing its laptop lab with which computer classes are taught. The current laptops are about five years old. Also, the grant will enable the library to purchase and install multiple iPads loaded up with educational software to replace the one children’s computer that is also about five years old. Finally, the grant will allow the library to deploy the new Pop-Up Library at community events, such as Uncle Billy’s Day and First Friday events, bringing the library to the community for a firsthand experience.
Library Director Dr. Nan Carmack said, “Without Timken’s investment in Altavista’s library, I do not think we would be able to keep up with the capital needs of an aging building and technological changes that advance so quickly. The grants keep us from having to choose between the two.”
Carmack also praised Crews for his advocacy and support in keeping the Staunton River Memorial Library safe, inviting, and up to date.