Library Fund Drive 1/3 to Goal

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Published on February 13 2014 4:26 pm
Last Updated on February 13 2014 4:52 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The fund drive to convert the former 5th/3rd Bank building into the city library has reached one-third of its goal.

Library Director Amanda McKay said reaching the milestone was a shot in the arm for the campaign that is seeking to raise $2 million.  The total cost of the conversion is estimated at $3.5 million.

Library Board members this week got to meet Quinton Packer, an Eagle Scout candidate who wants to develop directional signs for the teen area of the new library as his project.  

McKay said she and Youth Services Manager Sarah Smith have been meeting with Packer on the project.  She said Packer plans to develop the "fun and bright" signs in the shape of comic book talk bubbles.  Packer plans to have the project completed by his birthday this summer.

Board members passed the budget for the fiscal year.  McKay said the budget is basically the same as the previous year.  She said revenue is projected to be "ever so slightly" higher than last year.

The Board heard from local financial representatives on how best to generate interest on invested funds.  They heard from a firm from outside the area last month.