The Centralia Regional Library District will now be able to update its youth department, using a $16,475 grant from the Monsanto Fund. The Monsanto Fund strives to meet critical needs in communities in a number of ways including investing in K-12 education, projects focused on hunger, nutrition and first responders.
The Centralia Public Library will utilize the grant for new furnishings in the youth department, such as bean bag chairs, tables, shelving units and a sofa. The library is hopeful the updates will make the structured learning environment more appealing to children, as well as more user friendly.
“We are very excited to receive this grant from Monsanto,” said Joyce Courter, director of the Centralia Regional Library District. “Last year, almost 3,000 children attended our youth programs. With this grant, we can make updates to the youth department and continue to carry out these programs.”
The Centralia Monsanto site has a personal tie with the Centralia Public Library, since many of its employees reside in the Centralia community. Centralia Monsanto site employees and their families have visited the library and participated in its programs throughout the years.
“In addition to providing an enhanced learning experience for our youth, this grant also strengthens the community we work and live in,” said Michael Ochsner, Centralia Monsanto site manager.
This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded 120 site grants to nonprofit organizations in 24 states. In Illinois alone, 18 site grants were awarded and totaled $102,100. The Monsanto Fund continues to provide support to organizations such as the Centralia Public Library to help strengthen communities where farmers and Monsanto employees live and work.