Milton Library Friends receive $20K bump

Money donated to move barn

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MILTON, Ga. – The Friends of the Milton Library just received a huge bump – a $20,000 bump.

The Friends exist to help augment the future Milton Library’s services, giving programming and raising money. Since there is no library yet, the Friends have focused their efforts on saving one of the old barns on the site of the new library. The barn, hopefully, would be moved to a safe area of the property and serve as event or storage space.

“Having our own storage facility allows us to have a lot more flexibility,” said Matt Kunz, of the Friends. “The libraries always reserve a section of the library for a ‘friends’ group, but it’s usually very small. If we can refurbish the barn for the Friends in addition to space inside [the library], gives us storage space for our book sales, which helps us to raise money for programming for the library.”

Estimates suggest it would cost about $70,000 to move and repair the barn.

Recently, the Shannon Foundation, linked to the family that owns Milton’s Shannondale Farm, donated $20,000 to the Friends to save the barn.

“We feel it’s a worthwhile cause,” said Mary Shannon, chairman of the board of the Shannon Foundation.

The foundation focuses on education initiatives, giving money or scholarships to needy causes and people. Shannon said a library fits the bill of the foundation’s causes.