May 27, 2018
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King Foundation gives UMFK $25,000 for new library roof

By Rick Levasseur, BDN Staff

FORT KENT, Maine — The University of Maine at Fort Kent has received a $25,000 grant from the Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation for a new roof and roofing insulation for the university’s Waneta T. Blake Library.

Blake Library serves more than 10,000 area residents and university students each year, providing access to information services; resources; juvenile, young adult and adult literature; and Internet access. The library also has a small art gallery where local artists regularly display their work.

UMFK Director of Information Services Leslie Kelly, who supervises the operation of Blake Library, made the application for the grant with the King Foundation in December 2010, complete with a budget estimate of $24,622.

Kelly appealed to the foundation for the funds as “the roof is leaking in several places and has already been patched several times. In addition, proper insulation would increase the life of the new roof and help save on heating.”

Last month, the university received a check from the foundation covering the cost of the project, according to a statement released April 1 by UMFK.

The Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting communities, according to its website at

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