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Children and parents in Whitehall lost a good friend and educator in January.
Carol Snowden, a 30 year employee of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, succumbed to cancer, after being in remission for some time. The well-loved children’s librarian dedicated her life to opening books that would open the minds of youths.
Snowden’s passion for educating children will continue. During a memorial service on May 31 at the Whitehall branch, it was announced that she had established a designated fund at The Columbus Foundation, entitled "Whitehall Library Teen and Children’s Activity Room Endowment Fund."
Her sisters presented a check for $530,000 for the fund. Snowden’s generosity did not end there. She was dedicated to the local schools, as well, and often visited classrooms to read for the children.
According to Kim Snell, Columbus Public Library Media Relations, Snowden also bequeathed $70,000 to seven different schools to strengthen their own libraries. Included are Beechwood Elementary, Etna Road Elementary, Kae Avenue Elementary, Broadleigh Elementary, Fairmoor Elementary, Holy Spirit Catholic School and St. Catharine’s Catholic School.
She also contributed to the libraries of Pleasant Hill Grade School, Limestone Community High School and the Lincoln Branch Library. All are in her hometown near Peoria, Illinois.
"Thanks to Carol, thousands of children will be able to enjoy reading books and other enriching activities in their libraries for years to come," said Snell.