December 23, 2013 
Tracy Dean

From One 19th Century Institution to Another:

The Lithgow Library Receives $10,000 Gift from Skowhegan Savings  



SKOWHEGAN, Maine - Skowhegan Savings has awarded a $10,000 gift to Friends of Lithgow Library, Inc., an organization that supports Augusta's historic Lithgow Library and Reading Room. Its latest campaign is to fund, along with the city of Augusta, a renovation and expansion project that will preserve the 1896 structure while making it more accessible to the community.


"We greatly appreciate Skowhegan Savings contribution to our capital campaign," said Wick Johnson, Co-Chair of the Lithgow Library Capital Campaign. "Lithgow is a critical resource for the area's lower income residents. In addition to providing books, magazines and videos, it is a welcoming place for computer access, providing assistance with job searches and improving digital literacy."


The renovation and expansion project includes the construction of a brand new addition that will more than double the library's functional space, including additional space for children's reading and learning activities as well as a dedicated space for teens.


"This is a historical landmark, architectural marvel, and vital community hub," explains Meghan Loubier, Augusta Branch Manager at Skowhegan Savings. John Witherspoon, Skowhegan Savings President and CEO added "At Skowhegan Savings, we know that libraries create more vibrant communities and enhance opportunities to improve literacy. So when you have a library as amazing as Lithgow Library, with the programs they offer our young people, it's crucial that we provide our support."


Skowhegan Savings' charitable giving program makes donations to both large and small local non-profit and charitable organizations, with a focus on financial literacy programs and economic and community development, including programs that promote job creation, business retention, business growth, and community enhancement. To apply for funding, visit:
Wick Johnson (Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign), Elizabeth Pohl (Library Director), John Witherspoon (Skowhegan Savings President and CEO), Meghan Loubier (Skowhegan Savings Augusta Branch Manager)


About Skowhegan Savings:

Skowhegan Savings, founded in 1869, is an independent mutual savings bank dedicated to strengthening the Maine families, businesses and communities it serves. Named as one of Maine's Best Places to Work in each year from 2009-2013, Skowhegan Savings' team of friendly, committed employees takes pride in delivering personalized, competitive banking services offering straight forward banking advice and fair deals for customers. An innovative and progressive approach to banking ensures their customers enjoy a banking experience that is quick, easy and convenient. Skowhegan Savings' fifteen Maine branches include two locations in Skowhegan, as well as locations in Augusta, Belgrade (full service ATM only), Bingham, Dexter, Fairfield, Farmington, Jackman, Kingfield, Madison, Norridgewock, Phillips, Pittsfield, Stratton and Rangeley. For more information, visit or contact Customer Service at 800.303.9511.