In his statement at the presentation of the check, Kroger Central Division Affairs Manager John Elliott said, in part:
“We are determined to have a strong, positive and measurable impact on core skills such as reading, math and science. We also intend to strengthen our local school and library partnerships in as many communities as possible. Kroger looks forward to the catalytic impact of this investment in Lafayette’s ‘Technology Commons’ and celebrating the academic, workforce, health and wellness success of student of all ages.”
Foundation Board President Jerry Withered (left) accepts gift from Tipmont REMC Operation Round Up Trust Board Member Joe Bloom
Tipmont REMC Operation Round Up Trust provides support for the hardware purchases of the 4-station language-learning lab that will be part of the Technology Commons. This $2,500 check will assist in the development of a flexible, technology-rich center for learning, research, training, collaboration and content production in TCPL’s downtown library.
The most heavily used area of any library system is its main youth room, and that's certainly true for the Tippecanoe County Public Library system. In 2008, a $136,000 renovation replaced 20-year old carpeting, refurbished restrooms, relocated and expanded the preschool area, increased space for library collections, provided additional computer stations and replaced or refurbished aging and damaged furnishings.
Donors to the Youth Room renovation provided a significant portion of the funding.
- The Estate of Anna Akeley provided $30,000.
- The Friends of TCPL made a $25,000 gift.
- The Alfred J. and Dorothy N. McAllister Foundation contributed $18,750 to the project.
- The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette provided over $7,000 for the purchase of a Learning Concepts Wall and a Wave Bench.
- Grants were also received from Tipmont REMC Operation Round Up, Wal-Mart, the West Central Dental Association, the estate of Walter Miehr, and the Scheumann Foundation.
- The Indiana State Library purchased two Awe Early Literacy computer stations.
The downtown library opened in 1989. A 2005 renovation included: a consolidated media room for all audio visual materials, refurbished restrooms, a new computer lab, expanded meeting room space, and a new conference room. Also, shelving for library materials increased and service desks were built and re-located. Behind the scenes, several offices were constructed, compact shelving was purchased for storage of materials and a better workspace was provided for the Friends of the Library.
“The $750,000 renovation was accomplished with carefully stewarded tax funding and without an additional tax levy,” stated Library Board Facilities chair, Jerry Withered. “Grants from two local organizations, assisted in putting the finishing touches on our renovation,” he noted. A $75,000 grant from the Alfred N. and Dorothy M. McAllister Foundation assisted in the expansion of the meeting rooms. A $50,000 gift from the Friends of the Library was earmarked towards the new conference room.
The Tippecanoe County/Ivy Tech Library opened in April 2002. It is the first joint public/college library in the state of Indiana. The total project cost was $3,900,000. Six hundred donors raised $608,167 towards books and other library materials for this facility. An additional $600,000 was invested to begin the Tippecanoe County Public Library Foundation held at the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette.