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Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation awards over $9K to libraries, arts & culture groups

The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded a total of $9,200 to support libraries and arts and cultural organizations in local communities. An announcement of the grants was made today by Kevin Merchant, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank.

“The Foundation is proud to support efforts designed to preserve history, to help enhance the services that our libraries provide to their patrons, and to promote the performing arts,” said Merchant. “These are projects that help define a vibrant and caring community.”

The Foundation awarded $1,000 to the Killingly Historical and Genealogical Society for the purchase of special materials needed for document preservation, and the Preston Historical Society received $1,000 to help fund repairs to the Long Society Meeting House. The Finnish American Heritage Society will use its $500 Foundation grant to replace its archive room’s temperature control system.

Foundation funding will also help five local libraries enhance programs and services for the public. Aldrich Free Public Library received $1,000 to refurbish the children’s room, and Slater Library will use its $1,200 grant to purchase a laptop, cables and word processing programs. Sterling Public Library will direct its $1,000 grant to providing educational and social programs for patrons, the Killingly Public Library received a $1,000 grant to establish a portable computer learning lab, and the Fletcher Memorial Library will provide enrichment programs for its patrons with its $500 grant.

The Foundation also awarded $1,000 in annual support to Performing Arts of Northeast Connecticut and to the Slater Library in Jewett City.

Rebecca Jusseaume, Director of Slater Library