Triple Your Impact: Donations to the Village Learning Place’s Neverending Stories Campaign matched 2-to-1 by the France-Merrick Foundation and a State of Maryland Bond Bill.

Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 by Melissa Howison

The Village Learning Place hopes to raise $1 million through the Neverending Stories Campaign to fund renovations in its historic library building and to ensure our successful programs grow and thrive. Every individual donation will be matched 2-for-1 up to $100,000 by the State of Maryland and the France-Merrick Foundation.

The iconic library was commissioned by Baltimore philanthropist Enoch Pratt and built in 1896 as a Pratt branch library. It is now the home of the Village Learning Place, a nonprofit independent library that is now one of the few lending libraries that exist apart from the system.

This year, the Maryland General Assembly approved a $100,000 state bond bill with dollar-for-dollar matching of all donations designated for Village Learning Place capital repairs. The France-Merrick Foundation also awarded the Village Learning Place $50,000 in dollar-for-dollar matching funds. Supporters can now leverage $2 in matching funds for each $1 they donate to the Neverending Stories Campaign.

Hopeful renovations include masonry restoration, repairing the original slate roof, upgrading restrooms, replacing classroom flooring, and other small updates. Altogether, the renovations will improve safety for all, enhance the patron experience, and preserve the historic integrity of the beloved community library. Become a part of the library’s neverending story by donating to the campaign today.