Northumberland Public Library Receives $100,000 Bequest

A generous bequest of $100,000 from the estate of Marvin H. Camp has been received by the Northumberland Public Library and library officials are very grateful for it.

What a wonderful surprise!” commented Eve Jordan, the President of the library’s Board of Trustees. She termed the bequest “just the right start for our future expansion, and a real tribute to the love in our community for the library. Heartfelt thanks to Mr. Camp and his family for this generous gift.”

Linda Morris, the Board of Trustees Treasurer, said Mr. Camp’s bequest “was unexpected and will most definitely be put to good use.” Morris said the library “has become an indispensable local community resource providing many services.” 

She noted that many people do not know that the library is not fully funded by tax dollars. “State and Northumberland County governments fund only 60 percent of the library’s budget, so a bequest of this nature is truly a blessing. I would hope that others would consider making a bequest in their wills as well.”

Library Director Alice Cooper said the gift “will make a tremendous difference in library services for Northumberland County.” A decision on how the $100,000 bequest will be used will be made by the Board of Trustees when they meet on May 13, Cooper added.

People can “think about adding the library to their will,” Cooper said. She noted that there will be potential naming opportunities as the library expands in the future and also urged potential benefactors to consider planned giving.

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