The Ifft Foundation Fund announced its spring grant recipients today, totaling just over $49,000. Dani
Beckstrom headed to American Falls to find out what one of the awardees plans to spend the money on.
“We were all doing the happy dance today at the library,” said Library Director, Havilah Lyon.
Today the American Falls library found out that they were one of the lucky ones, receiving a grant to finish up the beautification projects that have been ongoing since the expansion in 2006.
“We have in the past been able to beautify every portion of the library and this is the last ugly duckling part left so we’re really grateful to the Ifft Foundation for giving us this opportunity,” said Lyon.
The Ifft Foundation gives grants focused on making the communities we live in more beautiful, and their generous contribution has big plans in American Falls.
“They gave us this grant in order to put in the English rose garden and we’re going to have arches and benches to sit on, and we’re going to have a willow tree and raised beds with flowers in them. It’s going to be really gorgeous,” Lyon said.
The staff at the library knows that patrons don’t just hope for good books and nice librarians, but they also value the atmosphere.
“We’re going to be able to beautify a large section of our grounds and we couldn’t ask for a nicer gift from other communities. I think we’re doing some wonderful things here with our library, and our librarian, and we’re going to make some wonderful improvements and the money will be spent wisely ,“ said Todd Winters, a member of the Library District Board.
The library staff is so excited about this new grant that they’re actually estimating the project to be completed in about a month.
“He’ll probably be out there tomorrow planting rose bushes. I’m thrilled this is going to be great,” said Lyon.
The library was awarded the full amount that they asked for, which came out to 6,575 dollars. And to pay it forward, the library plans to buy all their materials for the project locally.