January 20, 2022

Montana: School Librarian Donates Her Half-Million Dollar Estate to Missoula Public Library

From The Missoulian:

A former Missoula public school teacher and librarian donated $500,000 to the foundation for the Missoula Public Library for children’s programming.

Lorraine Jay, who worked at Lewis and Clark School for around 20 years, left the foundation her half-million-dollar estate, the largest donation in the foundation’s history. She died this summer.

Foundation Chair Frank Scariano said the gift shows how loved the library is, as well as how important childhood literacy and education is to Missoula.


The endowment will be spent on programs, staff, books or other resources for which the library administration sees a need, he said. They apply for the funds through the foundation’s board.

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