ADA — Ada Library Board held a dedication and reception at the newly remodeled second floor of Ada Public Library April 27. This area was remodeled with a $150,000 donation the library received from the Ayleene R. McKeel Trust, Vision Bank Trustee. The area has been named the McKeel Center and will be used as a multi-purpose area for conferences, programs, exhibits and research, according to Jennifer Greenstreet, librarian.

As part of the new center, pictures of Ayleen McKeel’s family, newspaper articles and clippings of her philanthropic projects have beenframed for a detailed display. Her gift to the library was given in memory of her husband, Judge John Boyce McKeel. Pictures and other memorabilia from his military service and years as Pontotoc County District Judge are included in the exhibit.

M. Keywood Deese, senior vice president and trust officer for Vision Bank, had presented the library board the check last year for this project from the McKeel Trust. Deese said at the dedication “this gift to the library was the last of the $750,000 that Mrs. McKeel left to local charities after her her death. This is a wonderful center that can be used by the library and Adans for many purposes for years to come. Mrs. McKeel’s generosity is very heart-warming and sets a standard for philanthropic donations that should be acknowledged by our community. She was a wonderful lady and truly loved Ada.”

"We finally have about 40 percent of our upstairs completed, and it's going to be a multipurpose area that will include another meeting room, a small closet for storage and a larger, multipurpose room that will be available for research," Jennifer Greenstree, Ada Public Library librarian, said. " We envision having computers here and letting people have the ability to do research and have special exhibits and programs. I hope that the possibilities will be endless and the facility will be used."

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