PNC to fund Roanoke library children’s area


Representatives from PNC Bank present a $45,000 grant to representatives from the Roanoke Public Library at PNC Bank of Roanoke on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Photo by Steve Clark.

PNC of Northern Indiana has made a $45,000 grant to fund the children's area of the new Roanoke Public Library.

The grant was presented on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at PNC Bank of Roanoke.

The children's area will be designated the "PNC Grow Up Great" children's area.

In addition to the monetary grant, PNC Bank of Roanoke will provide volunteers and educational resources to help families, educators and community partners provide opportunities that enhance learning and development in a child's early years. Programs will be held in the Roanoke Public Library.

As a result of PNC's gift, the Roanoke Public Library Building Corporation, founded in March to raise funds and lease space in the coil factory building in Roanoke, passed 80 percent of its goal of raising $250,000 to fund the build out and equipment for the new site.

At the Tuesday, Aug. 21 meeting of the Roanoke Town Council, councilman John Stoeckley, president of the Roanoke Library Board of Trustees, said he expects the library will be out of its current location in the town hall and into its new location by December.

Complete caption: Representatives from PNC Bank present a $45,000 grant to representatives from the Roanoke Public Library at PNC Bank of Roanoke on Tuesday, Aug. 21. The grant will fund the children’s area of the new Roanoke Public Library, to be located at 314 N. Main St. in the former coil factory building in Roanoke. Pictured are (from left) John Stoeckley, president of the Roanoke Library Board of Trustees; Celia Bandelier, librarian; April Kuhnle, branch manager for PNC Bank of Roanoke; and Kari Huston, director of client and community relations for PNC Bank.