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Media Release

For immediate release Monday, December 7, 2015

$350,000 Donation Brings Central Library Campaign to the Finish Line

Library Announces Gift from Southwest Properties

Halifax, NS–Happy holidays, Central Library! That is the spirit of an announcement by Halifax Public Libraries and Southwest Properties this Monday, December 7. The prominent local business is making a gift of $350,000, an amount that brings Halifax Central Library’s Share the Wow Capital Campaign to its goal of $6.4 million.

“We have made it,” says Åsa Kachan, Chief Librarian/CEO of Halifax Public Libraries. “And, once again, we are thrilled with the overwhelming support of our community leaders in helping Halifax Public Libraries transform our city. We’re pleased to recognize this outstanding gift and have chosen to name a popular gathering place on the first floor the Southwest Properties Reading Lounge.”

In May 2014, Halifax Public Libraries launched their Share the Wow campaign calling out to the public to help them reach a goal of $6.4 million. At the announcement date, the library had already attracted major gifts from O’Regan Automotive Group, Emera Inc., Marjorie Lindsay, Halifax Youth Foundation, RBC Foundation, Scotiabank, and The Windsor Foundation. Since the launch, this group of philanthropists has grown to include Wadih M. Fares, BMO Financial Group, Margot Spafford, Wilson Fuel Limited, along with hundreds of individuals, families, and businesses. Each donation helped the Library reach its campaign goal.

“This is an investment in helping make Halifax the kind of community we all want to live in,” says Jim Spatz, chairman and CEO of Southwest Properties. “Halifax Central Library is such an open and welcoming public space. When we observed how many people enjoy the library every day, we knew Central Library aligned with our core belief that inspiring environments improve people’s lives.”

While the campaign goal has been met, there are still opportunities for community partners to work with Halifax Public Libraries in further transforming the Library’s services. Donations continue to be accepted at all library branches and sharethewow.ca. Our popular book plates are still available for library lovers of Halifax.”

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For more information:

Kasia Morrison
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
Phone: (902) 490-5852
Cell: (902) 476-8605
Email Kasia Morrison