West Tisbury Library project receives $35,000 challenge grant

Challenging fellow donors to act by a deadline of October 1, a generous family of enthusiastic West Tisbury Library supporters has offered to match every donation given to the West Tisbury Library Foundation, Inc. — up to the amount of $35,000, according to a library press release.

The challenge comes just weeks before the town is scheduled to break ground on a long-planned project to renovate and expand the West Tisbury Free Public Library. Although the full construction budget has been met by a combination of town, state, and private funds, the Foundation is seeking an additional $325,000 to fund three enhancements of major environmental and aesthetic value: A semipervious parking lot infrastructure to help protect the water supply and wetlands; hardwood flooring, which is considered healthier and longer-lasting than commercial carpeting; and landscaping that incorporates native species and requires minimal care and water use.

“The Library is deeply committed to the safety, health benefits, energy efficiency, environmental protection, and natural beauty these features afford,” Foundation chairman Hunter Moorman of West Tisbury, said. “This is a rare chance for donors to double the value of their contributions and put these key elements in place.”

Donations may be sent through the Foundation’s website, wtlibraryfoundation.org, or by mail to P.O. Box 1238, West Tisbury, MA 02575. Further information is available from Mr. Moorman at 202-309-4896.