The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation has awarded $22,500 for the purchase of a delivery van for the Millennium Project, a cooperative effort of the Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton public libraries to share resources, save costs and more efficiently serve the public. The project was conceived by the directors of the three libraries: (photo, left to right) Janet Fricker of Bethlehem Area Public Library, Renee Haines of Allentown Public Library, and Jennifer Stocker of Easton Area Public Library so their patrons will be able to borrow materials online without going through interlibrary loan, a more costly alternative. The three libraries already share an online catalog system. The van will enable daily deliveries between the three libraries.

The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation is a collaboration among area philanthropists to improve the quality of life in our region. They awarded a substantial number of grants to area nonprofits totaling $1,748,935 last year. The South Side Branch of the Bethlehem Area Public Library benefited from a Lehigh Valley Community Foundation $5000 grant for the recent renovations to the first floor. Easton Area Public Library’s Henry F. Marx Local History Room benefited from a recent $8000 grant from the Louise Moore Pine and Roswell Dean Pine Fund of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation.

Bernard Story, President and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation presented the check to the three directors on Friday, April 5 at the Allentown Public Library.  Learn more at www.lvcfoundation.org.