Library ‘Friends’ make unexpected, unrestricted gift of $10,000

CHESTERTOWN — The Friends of the Kent County Public Library on Nov. 2 celebrated the organization’s 50th anniversary at its annual membership meeting, which was held at the library’s Chestertown branch.

During the meeting, the organization’s President Cynthia Saunders announced a year-end lagniappe of a $10,000 check of unrestricted funding that was presented to KCPL Executive Director Arnessa Dowell.

The “extra and unexpected gift” brought the Friends’ total contributions for the year to $30,366.

Since its founding in 1973, the Friends of the Kent County Public Library has given $738,752 to support KCPL’s staff, services and operations.

According to a news release, over the years the Friends’ donations have provided funding for programming, furniture, the signature light for the Wave Room teen space at the Chestertown branch, staff development conferences, equipment upgrades and collection development.

The nonprofit serves and promotes the Kent County Public Library.

The news release states: “Friends are a group of people who donate hearts, hands, and more to the library they love. Friends help the community by encouraging literacy. Friends raise money for library needs not covered by the library budget. Friends provide enriching cultural programs. Friends raise awareness about the wonderful resources available at the library.”

For more information about the Friends of the Kent County Public Library, including how you can become a member, visit

For more information about KCPL and the many free services and resources it provides, visit


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