A local State Farm agent is helping the Nelson Memorial Library raise money after realizing how much the library has to offer Nelson County residents.

Angela McKinney, a State Farm Agent on Front Street in Lovingston, has partnered with the Nelson Memorial Library to raise money for the expansion project. While the construction and renovation project of the Nelson Memorial Library is funded by the county, the library is seeking $500,000 to purchase items to fill the new expansion, which is set to be complete in June 2020.

McKinney moved to the State Farm Agency on Front Street in November. She first decided to utilize the library to hold a workshop for her clients, after seeing that many clients weren’t familiar with or didn’t have regular access to the internet. McKinney said being able to use the internet to access online or phone apps can help her clients save money and she wants to make sure that happens.

“I saw internet access is a problem and I wanted to hold a workshop at the library,” McKinney said. “It all tied together, what I wanted to do, and what the library can provide.”

While the plans for the workshop are still in progress, McKinney said she was impressed with everything the library offers and the fundraising efforts of residents and staff after a presentation at the Nelson County Rotary Club, of which McKinney is a member.

Now, McKinney is not only looking to sponsor a computer when the expansion is finished, but is running a Quotes for Good campaign. For any client that mentions the library, McKinney will donate $10 toward the library project out of her own pocket and State Farm will match the money.

“If they call in for a quote, they just have to mention the library,” McKinney said.

McKinney believes the maximum payout is $500 per month and is excited to be able to help the library this way.

“People just don’t realize everything the library does,” McKinney said.

From providing WiFi after hours for residents sitting in the parking lot, to helping scan, fax, and email and providing classes and free snacks during the summer, McKinney believes the library expansion is going to be worth it.

“I just love them and what they are doing is great for the community,” McKinney said.

The library is accepting donations online at the Grow Nelson Library website. It also accepts mailed checks and checks or cash brought to the library, where people can see the progress being made themselves as construction progresses. The size of the library will be doubled and the interior of the existing library will be renovated. A group of about 12 individuals is working on getting donations and writing grants.

“We’re very grateful to State Farm for their generous support and partnership as we kick off our Grow Nelson Library fundraising campaign to ‘fill the shelves and space’ this expansion project will provide us,” Pam Roland, who is spearheading the fundraising efforts, said in an email.

Erin Conway covers Nelson County for The News & Advance. Reach her at (434) 385-5524.

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Erin Conway covers Nelson County for the News and Advance. Reach her at (434) 385-5524.

Erin Conway covers Nelson County. Reach her at (434) 385-5524 or econway@newsadvance.com.

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