Library Board Pares Back Fundraising Goal

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Published on August 21 2012 2:58 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Members of the Helen Matthes Library Board Monday agreed to scale back their fundraising goal for a new library.

Library Director Amanda McKay said the new goal is to seek $3 million total to make the current 5/3 Bank building ready for use as the new library.  The amount was reduced from over $5 million after a survey of community leaders indicated support for the project, but not at the amount first considered. 

McKay said the library already has received some donations and more will be sought.  She said additional grants would be pursued and they are counting on revenue from the sale of the current library building along Market Avenue.

McKay said no goal was set yet for the capital campaign and no date was set as to when the campaign would begin. 

The library board also approved a campaign letter of agreement with Meier, Jost and Associates, the firm that has worked with the library on the project to this point.  McKay said the library board asked the design firm to come back with plans to meet the $3 million goal within 45 days, although she hopes the revised design will be available in time for next month's board meeting.

5/3 Bank earlier this month announced plans to relocate from the future library to their new building now under construction by the end of October.

Meanwhile, numbers seem to indicate additional space would be helpful to library officials.  The report on the adult and children Summer Read Program indicates that there were 80% more adults participating this year, and that over 2,000 participants were seen in children Summer Read activities.

The library board revised the holiday schedule for 2013; the library will be open on Columbus Day next year, but will be closed the day after Thanksgiving next year.

McKay reported that the library received a $1,000 grant from the Koboldt Trust for a Family Memory project.  The effort involves creating memory kits for those with memory-affecting ailments to keep those memories alive, and would hope to involve the entire family in the process.  There is also work underway on an Oral History program that would allow individuals to share their memories for future generations.

McKay said work also continues on the Connecting Generations Program, where young people work with senior adults on learning to use the computer and other projects.  She said students should sign up at their schools, and senior adults should sign up at the Effingham County Senior Center or at their assisted living facility.  The effort is based on a highly-successful program established in Indiana.