For Immediate Release
January 25, 2011
The Colonel Samuel L. Slover Memorial Library To Be Expanded
Generous Gift to make Community’s Vision a Reality
The expansion calls for a 30% increase in size but only 20% increase in cost which is estimated to total $60 million for the total project.
The Slover Library Steering Committee has provided leadership and guidance as the library’s planning and design phases have been completed. As chairman of the Slover Library Steering Committee, Mrs. Jane P. Batten has played an integral role throughout these processes. Her strong leadership and commitment to the project has acted to assure a high level of engagement and creativity among all the partners involved.
“It is my pleasure to announce that in response to the outpouring of community support and the vision that is being created in adherence to Mr. Batten’s wishes, Mrs. Batten has generously increased the Batten gift by an additional $20 million, in the form of a “challenge grant”, meaning the Batten Foundation gift can reach a total of $40 million, making the expansion a reality,” stated Mayor Fraim.
Under the terms of this Challenge Grant, the Batten Foundation’s full match will be achieved, provided that a minimum of $4 million of additional contributions and pledges are realized from private entities or individuals to the Slover Library Foundation. Mayor Fraim said, “Given the very generous terms of this challenge, we are confident that the Foundation will not only meet, but exceed this requirement.”
Mayor Fraim went on to say, “This will be a most treasured destination where everyone is welcomed and all are served. As a result of Mr. and Mrs. Batten’s shared vision all of the citizens of the City of Norfolk, indeed all of the residents of the Hampton Roads region, will have a brighter future.”
A fundraising committee is now in the process of being formed to facilitate contributions to the Slover Library. Signature Financial Management is receiving gifts on behalf of the Slover Library Foundation.
In 2008, the City of
Revised January 24, 2011
About Colonel Samuel L. Slover
It is the
intention of the Batten Foundation for “the memory of Colonel Samuel L. Slover”
be preserved perpetually in recognition of his
contribution to development of the City of
Slover was the uncle of Frank Batten Sr., and raised him from the age of one
after his father died. Colonel Slover was the founder of Landmark Communications and a former
Mayor of Norfolk. Colonel Slover loved
The community vision for the new library includes a top priority placed on learning for all ages, allowing programmable space for children, teens and families; a first-rate destination; innovation in enlivened areas and technological offerings and a center of the city’s history.