Kim Nechay, right, executive director of The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, presents a $50,000 grant to Jennifer Ranck, Worcester County Library director, to help fund a new library in Berlin, Md.

Perdue Foundation commits $50,000 to fund Early Learning Center at new library in Berlin, Md.

March 14, 2018

Salisbury, Md. (Wednesday, March 14, 2018) — As part of its commitment to education and libraries in the communities it serves, the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation has committed $50,000 to support the Worcester County Library Foundation’s campaign to build a new public library in Berlin, Md., and help fund the Early Learning Center in an interactive children’s room.

“Thanks to the generous donation of the Perdue Foundation, the residents of Worcester County will have a beautiful, state-of-the-art library to serve their educational and cultural needs,” said Jennifer Ranck, Worcester County Library director. “The children’s room will feature expanded space for kids’ books and computers as well as children’s activities to encourage learning and promote school readiness.”

As a result of the Perdue Foundation funding, the Early Learning Center will be named in honor of Arthur W. Perdue. “Libraries meant so much to Mr. Arthur and Frank Perdue. We love to support them in places we call home - like the one here in the historic Berlin community,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Perdue Foundation.

“The Worcester County Public Library has long served as a center of community activity and learning. We’re proud to lend our support through the Perdue Foundation. We know this library will continue to do wonderful things for the community,” said Nechay.

The new $6.25 million, 12,000-square-foot library, nearly four times the size of the nearby original library built in 1970, will complement the historic architecture and culture of Berlin. It’s slated for a mid-summer opening. The facility will include a gallery space, a local history room, cozy areas for reading and studying, adaptable space to accommodate new technology, and a community gathering space for meetings, performances and special events, as well as an expanded collection for adults.

About the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. As part of our belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of our associates live and work. At Perdue Farms, we believe in responsible food and agriculture®.

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