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DUKE ENERGY GRANT

Pictured, left to right and front to back, are KHCPL Director Faith Brautigam; KHCPL Head of Facilities Aaron Smith; Duke Energy Community Relations Manager for Howard County Kevin Johnston; Howard County Master Gardener Marian Cable; Friends of the Library President Karen Mervis; Volunteer and Donor Stew Worthley; Howard County Master Gardener Jeanette Land; and KHCPL Head of Branches Lori Hugley.

KHCPL RECEIVES DUKE ENERGY GRANT

The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library has received a $10,000 grant from Duke Energy to help fund the KHCPL Community Butterfly Garden at KHCPL South.

The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, working with the Howard County Master Gardener Association, will create the KHCPL Community Butterfly Garden, which will include a Monarch Waystation that provides resources for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration.

The butterfly garden will include native plants, such as bushes and grasses, to provide cover for butterflies, protecting them from predators. It will also include swamp milkweed, essential for Monarch caterpillars.

With the KHCPL Community Butterfly Garden, the library will be able to accomplish the following:

  • raise awareness of the environmental threats facing butterflies, bees, and other pollinators;
  • provide residents with new opportunities to learn about a significant environmental issue independently and through formal educational sessions;
  • provide hands-on learning events for people of all ages;
  • provide an educational kiosk;
  • and locally support a declining species to address a global problem.

“We’re pleased to help support this community butterfly garden,” said Kevin Johnston, Duke Energy community relations manager for Howard County. “The garden will not only help the Monarch butterflies grow and thrive, but it will also provide yet another educational opportunity for children, parents, and local citizens.”

“It is so positive for our community that the Duke Energy Foundation, the Howard County Master Gardener Association, Friends of the Library, and KHCPL have the same shared vision for species preservation, education, and the inherent value in creating a beautiful, pollinator-friendly habitat,” said KHCPL Director Faith Brautigam. “Generous and dedicated members of the Howard County Master Gardener Association, especially Marian Cable, are the engine driving the project. Volunteers Stew and Ruth Worthley joined in, providing donations, time, and expertise. And the Friends of the Library generously gave financial support. Having the Duke Energy Foundation as a major donor with the library providing leadership and sustainability makes a powerful, four-way partnership.”

For more information about how to volunteer at the KHCPL Community Butterfly Garden or to make a donation, please call Lisa Fipps, KHCPL Director of Marketing, at 626.0807 or email her at lfipps@KHCPL.org.