Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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April 21, 2014

Library seeks community support

EFFINGHAM — With a bid letting set for September and renovation of the old Fifth Third Bank slated to begin in December, the Library Board is actively looking for community support in fundraising.

“We are forming a steering committee for fundraising,” said Helen Matthes Library Director Amanda McKay at Monday's board meeting.

McKay is looking for 10 members of the community to serve on a committee, which will hopefully help find new directions for the fundraising effort. The library has raised $708,000, just over a third of their $2 million fundraising goal. The total cost of the project is set at $3.5 million. Additional funds for the project will come from the sale of the current library, grant funding and up to a $650,000 loan.

“We are still anticipating some large gifts,” said McKay, adding that a donor sign was recently purchased and will be displayed out in front of the new library in coming days.

If fundraising and renovation work go as planned, the new library could go into operation by next summer.

“We are very optimistic,” said McKay.

A fundraising 5K family run and walk, called Quit Veggin' and Start Bookin', is set for May 10 at 9 a.m. The run will start at the location of the future library.

Also at Monday's meeting, the board nominated Library Board Officers for Fiscal Year 2015. Racheal Fearday and Suellen Reimers were nominated Co-Presidents; Vice-President Dannielle Harden; Treasurer James Arndt; Secretary Charlene Topel.

Tony Huffman can be reached at 217-347-7151 ext. 138 or tony.huffman@effinghamdailynews.com or on Twitter@Ednthuffman.


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