Imagine that You can Help Make this Happen

Together we can make the dream of a new Kennett Library & Resource Center become a reality. Your gift is an investment in the future of the Kennett region and those who call it home. There are many ways you can give…and all gifts are greatly needed and deeply appreciated!

The total cost for construction is $20,000,000 which will be raised through a capital campaign focused on charitable gifts from the community, and public sector support from the eight municipalities in our service area and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. So far, $13, 000,000 has been raised and we broke ground on August 12, 2021.

Campaign Overview

$18,000,000 Community Campaign

will reach out to the community, asking individuals, foundations, corporations, businesses, organizations, and groups to support and partner with us to construct this facility that will be a vital community resource for generations to come. We are grateful to all who have supported this dream through the years, and invite our friends in the community to join them to help bring this dream to reality.

$15,300,000 Community Campaign

Includes donations from individuals, foundations, corporations, businesses, organizations, and groups to support and partner with us to build this vital community resource for generations to come. We are grateful to all who have supported this dream through the years, and invite our friends in the community to join them to help bring this dream to reality.

$4,400,000 Public Sector Support

including funding from Local Municipalities and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania which has supported our programs and operations through the years. We are grateful for this partnership and their support of this project which assures that our communities will have access to these valuable resources long into the future.

$2,000,000 Library Contribution

The Library will dedicate the proceeds generated from the sale of the Ways Lane site and current Library property to the new building.

For more information, please reach out to Mary Hutchins by calling (302) 547-2089 or email mary@kennettlibrary.org

How You can Help

Outright Gifts

Outright gifts paid through cash, check, securities, or other charitable methods that best meet your philanthropic and financial needs.

Outright Gifts

Outright gifts paid through cash, check, securities, or other charitable methods that best meet your philanthropic and financial needs.

Pledges

Pledges can be paid over 3-5 years.

Matching Gifts

Matching Gifts which can double the impact of your gift through a corporate matching gift program.

Please check with your employer.

Tribute Gifts

Tribute Gifts made in memory of a loved one or friend, or given to celebrate holidays, birthdays or milestones, with acknowledgement sent to the person or organization that is being honored.

Planned Gifts

Planned Gifts through your will or estate, or various planned gifts can provide significant tax benefits for the donor while helping the Kennett Library & Resource Center to have greater impact on the community, now and into the future.

Recognition Opportunities

Additionally, various naming opportunities, room plaques, and other forms of recognition are available at various giving levels and areas of interest. More information is available below. We are happy to work with you to find ways to give that best meets your philanthropic needs and interests.

Receive a “I helped build the new Kennett Library” tote bag for a donation of $250.

Recognition Opportunities

Donors whose cumulative giving reaches $50,000 & above are inducted into the Legacy Society and are recognized at a special donor reception and on the Legacy Society Donor Plaque.

All donors who give $5,000 & above are recognized on the main donor plaque. Donor plaques will be placed on various rooms.

All donors are recognized by level of giving in the Annual Report and on the Website. Donors can choose to remain anonymous.

Proper Naming Opportunities

The Kennett Library & (Name) Resource Center
$5,000,000

The Auditorium
$3,000,000

The Children’s Library & Stacks
$1,500,000

Melton Terrace

Join us in honoring Dennis and all that he contributed to the Kennett Community by contributing to the Melton Terrace.

Learn more

Plaque Opportunities

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$1,000,000

Adult Library & Stacks

First Floor Lobby

First Floor Art & Exhibition Gallery

$750,000

Bayard Taylor Room (Committed)

$500,000

Adult Maker Space

Curculation Desk

Quiet Reading & Reflection Room (Committed)

Young Adult Library and Stacks

$250,000

Audio-Visual Technology

Adult Literacy Classroom (Committed)

Children’s Maker Space (Committed)

Classroom

Multi-Purpose Rooms (2)

Second Floor Lobby

Solar Panels for Renewable Energy

$100,000

Adult Library Furnishings

Adult Literacy Offices
(Committed)

Office of the Director

Staff Suite & Meeting Room

Young Adult Group Study Room (Committed)

Children’s Library Furnishing (Committed)

$50,000

Group Study Rooms

Tutor Rooms (4)

Tree of Knowledge
(Committed)

$25,000

Adult Mater Space Technology (Committed)

Campus Landscaping (Committed)

Children’s Maker Space Technology (Committed)

$5,000

Book stack/shelf plaque row name plate

Save your Seat!

Personalized auditorium seats are available for $2,500. Your name will be on a brass plaque on the back of the seat.

Learning Tree Leaf

The Kennett Library Family Tree will be a permanent design element of the children’s area. Every leaf on the tree can be dedicated to a child, grandchild, a family member, friend or loved one – featuring your own special message.

Learning Tree leaves are available in three colors:
Gold $1,000
Silver $500
Bronze $250

New Library Recognition Opportunities

Click on a room for more information.

New Library Recognition Opportunities
First Floor - Adult Literacy Classroom First Floor - Adult Literacy Offices First Floor - Staff Suite & Meeting Room First Floor - Library Director First Floor - Group Study First Floor - Circulation Desk First Floor - Gallery First Floor - Lobby Tree of Knowledge First Floor - Auditorium First Floor - Individual Auditorium Seat First Floor - Bayard Taylor Quiet Study First Floor - Adult Library and Stacks First Floor - Adult Furnishings Book Stack/Shelf Plaque Second Floor - Classroom Second Floor - Multi-Purpose Room #1 Second Floor - Multi-Purpose Room #2 Second Floor - Young Adult Group Study Room Second Floor - Terrace Second Floor - Quiet Reading and Reflection Room Second Floor - Adult Maker Space Second Floor - Young Adult Library and Stacks Second Floor - Tudor Room #1 Second Floor - Tudor Room #2 Second Floor - Tudor Room #3 Second Floor - Tudor Room #4 Second Floor - Children's Library and Stacks Second Floor - Children's Library Trees Second Floor - Children's Library Furnishings Second Floor - Children's Maker Space Second Floor - Lobby

First Floor - Adult Literacy Classroom

*COMMITTED*
Adult Literacy Classroom
$250,000

Since it began in 1979, Kennett Library’s Adult Literacy Program has had more than 8,500 students take advantage of its classes.  Within the past five years, there has been a steady increase in people taking advantage of the many aspects of the program — from students learning English, to those studying for the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or preparing for American citizenship. The ALP Director Filomena Elliott is excited about the possibilities that will become available to ALP with the new Kennett Library and Resource Center.  They plan to offer digital literacy, numerical and financial literacy, and health literacy, along with the traditional literacy and ESL classes. All of the meeting spaces in the new Kennett Library & Resource Center will be available to ALP and all of the different classes and programs it offers.

First Floor - Adult Literacy Offices

*COMMITTED*
Adult Literacy Offices
$100,000

The new offices for ALP Director Filomena Elliott and her assistant, Lupe Ruiz will allow them to meet with clients to discuss all the classes available through the program and also to help them find resources in the community to help our immigrant neighbors acclimate to life in southern Chester County.

First Floor - Staff Suite & Meeting Room

AVAILABLE
Staff Suite & Meeting Room
$100,000

The new Kennett Library & Resource Center will have ample space for staff offices and meeting rooms.  Currently the staff has 9 full time staff and 12 part time, including ALP teachers. Staff number is set to increase by 5 when the new building opens.  Currently the staff shares offices behind the circulation desk and in the basement.

First Floor - Library Director

AVAILABLE
Office of the Director
$100,000

First Floor - Group Study

AVAILABLE
Group Study
$50,000

This smaller classroom will be perfect for a small group study.  Students can gather here to prepare for a test, or a tutor can meet with several students in this room that will have state of the art technology and audio/visual equipment.

First Floor - Circulation Desk

AVAILABLE
Circulation Desk
$500,000

The circulation desk will be handcrafted by a local woodworker highlighting Chester County artisan history and talent.

First Floor - Gallery

AVAILABLE
Art and Exhibition Gallery
$1,000,000

First Floor - Lobby

AVAILABLE
First Floor Lobby
$1,000,000

Tree of Knowledge

*COMMITTED*
Tree of Knowledge
$50,000
The Tree of Knowledge connects the first and second floors

First Floor - Auditorium

AVAILABLE
Auditorium
$3,000,000

First Floor - Individual Auditorium Seat

AVAILABLE
— Save Your Seat —
Personalized auditorium seats are available for $2,500. Your name will be on a brass plaque on the back of the seat.
(limit 1 per family)

Included in the facility is a 110-seat auditorium that will host all kinds of community events, including concerts, author talks, theater productions, community events, meetings, Ted Talks, movies and so much more. These exciting programs will inspire, entertain, and educate people of all ages, interests and walks of life. The auditorium will provide opportunities to promote, highlight and advance the arts, cultural, and historic strengths of the region.
As part of our Capital Campaign, we are offering the community the opportunity to sponsor a seat and thereby, leave a lasting legacy in the Kennett Library & Resource Center.

First Floor - Bayard Taylor Quiet Study

*COMMITTED*
Bayard Taylor Quiet Study
$750,000

First Floor - Adult Library and Stacks

AVAILABLE
Adult Library and Stacks
$1,000,000

The adult library will have plenty of light and comfortable seating.  Meet friends for a quiet conversation or browse the book stacks for that perfect read.

First Floor - Adult Furnishings

AVAILABLE
Adult Furnishings
$100,000

Book Stack/Shelf Plaque

First and second floor book stack/shelf plaque - end of row name plaques

Second Floor - Classroom

AVAILABLE
Classroom
$250,000

Flexible meeting space for programs or for use by nonprofit organizations, community groups, businesses, schools, and civic organizations. All rooms will have state of the art technology and audio/visual equipment.

Second Floor - Multi-Purpose Room #1

AVAILABLE
Multi-Purpose Room #1
$250,000

Flexible meeting space for programs or for use by nonprofit organizations, community groups, businesses, schools, and civic organizations. All rooms will have state of the art technology and audio/visual equipment.

Second Floor - Multi-Purpose Room #2

AVAILABLE
Multi-Purpose Room #2
$250,000

Flexible meeting space for programs or for use by nonprofit organizations, community groups, businesses, schools, and civic organizations. All rooms will have state of the art technology and audio/visual equipment.

Second Floor - Young Adult Group Study Room

*COMMITTED*
Young Adult Group Study Room
$100,000

Second Floor - Terrace

*COMMITTED*
Roof Terrace
$1,500,000

The Board of Directors have agreed to name the outdoor terrace the Melton Terrace honoring Dennis Melton a local architect and community supporter.  Dennis’ fingerprints are on many buildings and community organizations, including the Kennett Library & Resource Center.  He was the architect of record the new building and a longtime supporter of the library.  Please join us in honoring Dennis and all he brought to southern Chester County by donating to the Melton Terrace.

Second Floor - Quiet Reading and Reflection Room

*COMMITTED*
Quiet Reading and Reflection Room
$500,000

Second Floor - Adult Maker Space

AVAILABLE
Adult Maker Space
$500,000

A makerspace is a collaborative workspace for making, learning, exploring and sharing. They provide hands-on learning, helps with critical thinking skills and even boosts self-confidence.
The first official makerspace was created about 12 years ago in a library in upstate New York, since then libraries remain an ideal setting for makerspaces across the country.
The adult and teens makerspace is designed to provide patrons the opportunity to use 2D and 3D printing, laser and vinyl cutting and engraving, electronics software and equipment for coding and circuit work, textile equipment for sewing, embroidery, jewelry making, buttons and banners, etc. The space will also have computers and the software designed to support this equipment, such as CAD, Adobe Illustrator and more.

Second Floor - Young Adult Library and Stacks

AVAILABLE
Young Adult Library and Stacks
$500,000

There will be ample space for young adult library material and ample space to gather.  The new Kennett Library & Resource Center will be a safe place for teens and tweens to meet to learn with each other, play video games or study.

Second Floor - Tudor Room #1

AVAILABLE
Tudor Room #1
$50,000

There will be four tutor rooms in the new Kennett Library & Resource Center available for one-on-one tutoring either in person or on-line.  All rooms will have state of the art technology and audio/visual equipment.

Second Floor - Tudor Room #2

AVAILABLE
Tudor Room #2
$50,000

There will be four tutor rooms in the new Kennett Library & Resource Center available for one-on-one tutoring either in person or on-line.  All rooms will have state of the art technology and audio/visual equipment.

Second Floor - Tudor Room #3

AVAILABLE
Tudor Room #3
$50,000

There will be four tutor rooms in the new Kennett Library & Resource Center available for one-on-one tutoring either in person or on-line.  All rooms will have state of the art technology and audio/visual equipment.

Second Floor - Tudor Room #4

AVAILABLE
Tudor Room #4
$50,000

There will be four tutor rooms in the new Kennett Library & Resource Center available for one-on-one tutoring either in person or on-line.  All rooms will have state of the art technology and audio/visual equipment.

Second Floor - Children's Library and Stacks

AVAILABLE
Children's Library and Stacks
$1,500,000

The open floor space in the children’s area will offer nooks and cubbyholes for quiet reading.  There will be room for children’s programs and lots of seating space available for parents and caregivers.

Second Floor - Children's Library Trees

Six opportunities to name the trees that adorn the Children's Library

Second Floor - Children's Library Furnishings

*COMMITTED*
Children's Library Furnishings
$100,000

Second Floor - Children's Maker Space

*COMMITTED*
Children's Maker Space
$250,000

Second Floor - Lobby

AVAILABLE
Second Floor Lobby
$250,000

Climbing the stairs or the Learning Tree will lead you to the spacious and light filled second floor lobby that opens into the Children’s Library or the Young Adult area.

Join Us

The Kennett Library is a place of imagination, discovery, connectedness, and community. With your help, we can build this 21st Century Kennett Library & Resource Center which will serve the community for generations to come. Together, we can provide opportunities for people of all ages and all walks of life to gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to have a better quality of life, and provide the resources to bring people together to build and strengthen our community. Thank you.

The campaign is pleased to have amazing and dedicated community leadership. Mandy Cabot and Peter Kjellerup, Founders of Dansko, together with Paul Redman, President & CEO of Longwood Gardens are serving as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Campaign. Collis Townsend is serving as Chair of the Campaign Cabinet comprised of community leaders and philanthropists, and Jeff Yetter, as President of the Library Board of Trustees, is working with the Board members, Library Friends, and others to provide leadership and governance oversight for the project and campaign.

Board of Trustees

OFFICERS
Jeff Yetter, President
Appointed by Kennett Twp.
Bradley Peiper, Vice President
Appointed by Pocopson Twp.
Victoria Gilrane, CPA, Treasurer
Member-at-Large
William Majarian, Secretary
Member-at-Large

TRUSTEES
Barbara Bolton
Appointed by New Garden Twp.
Gail L. Bowden
Member-at-Large
Chris Britt
Member-at-Large
Todd Bruce
Appointed by Pennsbury Twp.
RuthAnn Deveney
Appointed by Kennett Square
Margaret Egli
Appointed by East Marlborough Twp.
Barbara Forney
Appointed by Newlin Twp.
Daniel Gannon
Appointed by New Garden Twp.
Michael Guttman
Member-at-Large
Dr. Brenda Mercomes
Appointed by Kennett Square
Barbara Necarsulmer
Appointed by Pennsbury Twp.
Dr. Loren Pearson
Appointed by Newlin Twp.
Lee Sausen
Member-at-Large
Collis O. Townsend
Appointed by Kennett Twp.
CHAIRMAN EMERITUS
Thomas C. Swett
Appointed by East Marlborough Twp.

Major Donors

LEADERSHIP GIFTS
$1,000,000 & Above
Anonymous
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Kennett Library
$750,000 – $999,99
Cabot Kjellerup Foundation*
$500,000 – $749,999
East Marlborough Township
Kennett Township
New Garden Township
Longwood Foundation
Walter J. and Carol Yetter*
$250,000 – $499,999
Gregory and Caroline Bentley
Downes Estate†
Ann and Steve Hutton
Michael and Nancy Pia
Meredith and Michael Rotko
$100,000 – $249,999
Borough of Kennett Square
The Bosley Family
Chatham Financial Foundation
Crystal Trust
Michael and Audrey F. Donohue
Forney Family Foundation
Kennett Library Board of Trustees
Jennifer and Bob McNeil
Newlin Township
Julie Noolan
Wendy and Leonard Orlando-Cotton
Pennsbury Township
Donald and Suzanne† Phillips
Charles and Patricia Robertson
Tri-M Group, LLC
Welfare Foundation
$50,000 – $99,999
The Arcadia Foundation
Bue Yak Foundation
Mark & Gail Bowden*
Exelon Corporation
Daniel and Amanda Gannon
John and Carlene Jackson
Kennett Rotary Alliance
Dale Melton
Jack and Carol Merrick
Michael and Anne Moran
Debbie and Bob Norris*
West Marlborough Township
$25,000 – $49,999
Beiler Campbell Realtors & Appraisers
Richard and Jesse Benjamin
Chichester duPont Foundation
The Davenport Foundation
Rob and Marcy Fenza*
The Hutton Family Help Fund of the Chester County Community Foundation
Stephanie Jackson†
William R. Landmesser †
Dr. Richard and Sara Leff
Marmot Foundation
Duer and Edna Bennett Pierce
Morris and Boo Stroud
Lynn Wachman and Mike Guttman*
West Marlborough Township
WSFS Community Foundation

 

* Board or Cabinet Member
† Deceased

 

Campaign Leadership

Honorary Campaign Co-Chairs
Mandy Cabot and Peter Kjellerup
Paul Redman

Chair, Campaign Cabinet
Collis Townsend

Cabinet Members
Barbara Cairns
Larry Bosley
Robert Fenza
Matt Fetick
Phoebe Fisher
Barbara Forney
Buzz Hannum, Jr.
Steve and Ann Hutton
Pattie Morgan Miller
Claire Murray
Bob Norris

Library Trustees

Jeff Yetter
President

Brad Peiper
Vice President

Tom Swett
Chairman Emeritus

Staff

Mary Hutchins
Development Associate