Library Endowment Trust Receives Historical Donation


To ensure that that her love of reading continues, the Metropolitan Library System Endowment Trust recently accepted a donation of approximately $1.4 million from the estate of LaVerne Taylor.

The gift, which is the largest in the library system history, was given to the Library Endowment Trust to help benefit and support the library for generations to come.

“We are honored that Mrs. Taylor is leaving such a wonderful gift to the Library Endowment Trust,” said Donna Morris, Metropolitan Library System Executive Director. “Her dream to create a legacy for the Belle Isle Library will long be remembered by those that frequent the library.”

Mrs. Taylor was a long time supporter of the Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa, Oklahoma City. To honor the generosity of Gordon and LaVerne Taylor, the Metropolitan Library System will recommend naming an area of the Belle Isle Library, which is scheduled for renovation in late 2014.

Mrs. Taylor died in February 2012 and was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon.

The Library Endowment Trust was created in 1986 to help ensure funding for valuable Metropolitan Library System programs and services that will continue to benefit future generations in the community.

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